Pres­i­dent of In­dia to visit Bhutan

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Biku Gu­rung

The Pres­i­dent of In­dia Pranab Mukher­jee is sched­uled to ar­rive in Bhutan on the 7th of Novem­ber 2014 on a two state visit. The Pres­i­dent will be leav­ing for In­dia on the next day on the 8th of Novem­ber. Ac­cord­ing to In­dia me­dia re­ports Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee is all set to visit Bhutan next week from Novem­ber 7 to 8, to meet the Bhutanese lead­er­ship. This will be the sec­ond high-level visit in the last five months, as Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had cho­sen Bhutan as his first bi­lat­eral visit over­seas. It re­mains to be seen whether the Bhutanese re­cip­ro­cate the warmth in the com­ing months.

The Pres­i­dent of In­dia is the head of the state in In­dia and en­joys the most pres­ti­gious po­si­tion in In­dia’s Par­lia­men­tary Democ­racy. In terms of pro­to­col the Pres­i­dent of In­dia is even ahead of the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter.

The visit is ex­pected to strengthen the good and friendly re­la­tions be- tween the two coun­tries and the pres­i­dent is ex­pected to have an au­di­ence with His Majesty the King and Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tog­bay.

Dur­ing the visit of His Majesty the King and the Queen to In­dia in Jan­uary this year the pres­i­dent in a ban­quet hosted in the honor of the vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries said “The unique and spe­cial re­la­tions of In­dia and Bhutan are based on shared strate­gic per­cep­tions, ut­most trust, good­will, trans­parency and sen­si­tiv­ity to each other’s con­cerns and vi­tal in­ter­ests”

He added “The Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of In­dia at­tach the high­est pri­or­ity to re­la­tions with Bhutan. It would be In­dia’s en­deav­our to fur­ther strengthen th­ese ties in a spirit of part­ner­ship for mu­tual ben­e­fit. The Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has al­ways been happy to con­trib­ute to Bhutan’s so­cio-eco­nomic progress by shar­ing its knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with Bhutan. In­dia would like to re­as­sure Bhutan of its con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to ca­pac­ity build­ing in Bhutan”.

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