Jaishankar calls on Bhutan King, highlights India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy
EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and said the special bilateral friendship has always benefited from the enlightened guidance of the head of State of the Himalayan nation. Jaishankar, who assumed charge on May 30, arrived for a day-long visit to Bhutan on Friday during his first overseas trip to the country after assuming charge of the ministry. “Honoured to have had an audience with His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The special friendship between India and Bhutan has always benefited from the enlightened guidance of the Druk Gyalpos (the head of State of Bhutan),” Jaishankar tweeted on Friday.
“It was a privilege to also meet Her Majesty the ever gracious Gyaltsuen, and especially delightful to interact with the Druk Gyalsey!,” he tweeted. On Friday, Jaishankar also met Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties. He also held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji and discussed issues of mutual interest with emphasis on development partnership and hydropower.
“After a day-long visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan, EAM @DrSJaishankar is seen-off by @FMBhutan Tandi Dorji. The visit has brought the countries even closer and highlighted India’s adherence to the Neighbourhood First policy,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted on Saturday. Bhutan has been a close ally of India and bilateral ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years. Bhutan was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first overseas visit after assuming charge in 2014.