Brazil to as­sist Bhutan in foot­ball

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The Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay met with the Am­bas­sador of the Fed­er­a­tive Repub­lic of Brazil to Bhutan, H.E. Mr. Car­los Duarte last Thurs­day at the Gya­ly­ong Tshogkhang.

Ly­onch­hen said that he was very pleased to re­ceive Am­bas­sador Duarte and ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness on the state of re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. He also con­veyed RGoB’s fe­lic­i­ta­tion on the re-elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Dilma Rous­eff for another term.

Am­bas­sador Duarte said that he deeply ap­pre­ci­ated Bhutan’s ef­forts in fur­ther­ing the re­la­tions with Brazil. He in­formed Ly­onch­hen about Brazil’s grow­ing in­ter­est in Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness (GNH) and em­pha­sized that GNH’s con­tri­bu­tion has echoed quite sig­nif­i­cantly in his coun­try.

With re­gard to the pro­posed Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries, Ly­onch­hen thanked Am­bas­sador Duarte for his ini­tia­tive and as­sured his in­ter­est and support to the agree­ment.

Mean­while, Ly­onch­hen and Am­bas­sador dis­cussed av­enues of pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion such as peo­ple- to- peo­ple con­tact, cul­ture, re­new­able en­ergy, trade and com­merce, and sports specif­i­cally foot­ball. Ly­onch­hen re­quested Brazil’s as­sis­tance in coach­ing and train­ing Bhutan’s foot­ball team. The dis­cus­sion also high­lighted on fos­ter­ing co­op­er­a­tion in agri­cul­ture, school- feed­ing, sus­tain­able trans­port and pro­duc­tion of al­ter­nate fu­els like ethanol and biodiesel. Ly­onch­hen also en­quired on the pos­si­bil­ity of sug­ar­cane farm­ing for ethanol pro­duc­tion in Bhutan.

Am­bas­sador Duarte com­mended on Ly­onch­hen’s per­sonal en­gage­ment and said that he was op­ti­mistic of note­wor­thy progress in th­ese ar­eas.

Ly­onch­hen re­it­er­ated his as­sur­ances in strength­en­ing the bond and de­vel­op­ing closer co­op­er­a­tion with Brazil in the fu­ture.

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