Ly­onch­hen meets Chi­nese vice for­eign min­is­ter

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay met H.E. Mr. Liu Zhen­min, Vice For­eign Min­is­ter, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China and del­e­ga­tion at the Gya­ly­ong Tshogkhang last Tues­day.

Af­ter an ex­change of pleas­antries, the Prime Min­is­ter thanked the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion for con­tin­u­ing to visit Bhutan and con­veyed that such ex­changes would pro­mote the cor­dial re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

On the Bhutan-China bor­der talks, Mr. Zhen­min said that the de­lib­er­a­tions have made sig­nif­i­cant progress un­der the lead­er­ship of the cur­rent gov­ern­ments of Bhutan and China. Ly­onch­hen also re­ported that he had per­son­ally vis­ited two dis­puted ar­eas and has plans to visit more so that he is well in­formed of the ac­tual sit­u­a­tions at the bor­der ar­eas.

Ly­onch­hen and Mr. Zhen­min agreed that both sides should look for­ward to a suc­cess­ful bound­ary ne­go­ti­a­tion and come to an early, com­pre­hen­sive and mu­tu­ally ac­cept­able so­lu­tion.

Mr. Zhen­min said that China would con­tinue to re­spect Bhutan’s sovereignty, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and in­de­pen­dence.

Ly­onch­hen and the Vice For­eign Min­is­ter dis­cussed fur­ther­ing ties in ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­ests such as tourism, cul­ture and sports. Ly­onch­hen said that re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries have been fa­cil­i­tated by nu­mer­ous peo­ple to peo­ple ex­changes in terms of tourist ar­rivals and stu­dent schol­ar­ships.

Mean­while, Mr. Zhen­min also said he was im­mensely pleased to ob­serve the Bhutanese peo­ple liv­ing in peace and har­mony. Ly­onch­hen in­formed that the peo­ple have pros­pered un­der the reign of our farsighted monar­chs and the peo­ple’s de­vo­tion and af­fec­tion for their Kings was in­vi­o­lable.

Mr. Zhen­min thanked Ly­onch­hen for the warm hos­pi­tal­ity ex­tended to him and his del­e­ga­tion dur­ing their stay in the coun­try.

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