PM Modi, Bhutan King hold bilateral meeting in New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck held a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. During the meeting, both the sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation to further boost their relationship.

Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said, King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck briefed Mr. Modi about the reforms initiatives taken by Bhutan. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also reiterated India’s full support for socio-economic development of Bhutan. He said, both the countries reviewed their bilateral ties focusing on economic and development partnership, trade facilitation measures and cooperation in trade, connectivity, investment, energy and new sectors including space and startups.

Talking about the outcomes of the meeting, Mr. Kwatra said, India would step up its support for Bhutan's upcoming 13th five-year plan. He said, India will also work to extend an additional standby credit facility and shape long-term sustainable arrangements for export of agricultural commodities from Bhutan. He said, the country would also work to develop long-term bilateral arrangements for assured supply of critical commodities like petroleum and coal.

Earlier in the morning, Mr. Wangchuck paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met King of Bhutan. After the bilateral meeting, Mr. Wangchuck will meet President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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