New Delhi [India] 7th February (ANI): A delegation from the Bhutanese Parliament led by Speaker of the Bhutan National Assembly Wangchuk Namgyel visited President Droupadi Murmu at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, according to a press statement issued by the Bhutan Presidential Secretariat.
According to the statement, “Welcoming the delegation, the President said that we greatly value the multifaceted and unique friendship between India and Bhutan. The Government of India is committed to expanding the good bilateral cooperation with Bhutan in line with the aspirations and priorities of India and the people of Bhutan. India is exploring new avenues of bilateral cooperation with Bhutan such as space cooperation, smart agriculture, youth and sports, start-ups, renewable energy and digital development to help the Royal Government of Bhutan realize its vision of prosperity for all.”
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The President noted that this year Bhutan will graduate from the group of least developed countries and embark on the path to becoming a high-income economy by 2034. While moving forward on this path, Bhutan will always find a reliable and trustworthy friend in India, she said.
Earlier, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met Wangchuk Namgyel in Delhi on Tuesday and discussed strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries as well as priorities for the youth.
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EAM also interacted with Namgyel’s 13-member delegation and praised the “unique” friendship between India and Bhutan.
EAM tweeted: “It was a pleasure to interact with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan, Wangchuk Namgyel, and his 13-member parliamentary delegation today. Discussing the many aspects of our unique friendship, notably ongoing reforms, strengthening economic cooperation and Priorities for youth in both countries.”
“Glad that the delegation had the opportunity to witness firsthand how much India has changed over the past 8 years,” the tweet further read.
The basic framework of bilateral relations between India and Bhutan is the “Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation” signed by the two countries in 1949. It called on the two countries to live in peace and not interfere in each other’s internal affairs. The treaty was amended in 2007.
The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1968 with the opening of a special Indian office in Thimphu. India and Bhutan have established a number of institutional and diplomatic mechanisms in the fields of security, border management, trade, transit, economy, hydropower, development cooperation, water resources, etc.
Bhutan borders four states in India – Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, with a total length of 699 kilometers, serving as a buffer zone between India and China.
Trade between the two countries is governed by the 1972 Indo-Bhutan Trade and Transit Agreement.
India is Bhutan’s largest trading partner. India has constructed three Hydropower Projects (HEP) in Bhutan: Chukha HEP, Kurichhu HEP and Tala HEP, operates and exports surplus electricity to India. (Arnie)
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