Bhutan sup­ports In­dia in its bid to be per­ma­nent UNSC mem­ber

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Bhutanese Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay has as­sured his coun­try’s whole­hearted sup­port to In­dia in its bid to be a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC).

Bhutanese Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay has as­sured his coun­try’s whole­hearted sup­port to In­dia in its bid to be a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC).

Brief­ing the media here about the meet­ing be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his Bhutanese coun­ter­part, Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs (MEA) of­fi­cial spokesper­son Vikas Swarup said there was a dis­cus­sion be­tween both lead­ers on the UNSC re­form.

“And Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan said that it’s an ano­maly that a coun­try like In­dia is still not a per­ma­nent mem­ber and ba­si­cally Bhutan sup­ports In­dia whole­heart­edly in this,” he added.

Swarup said that the Bhutanese Prime Min­is­ter com­pli­mented Prime Min­is­ter Modi on what he called was a vi­sion­ary speech at the UN out­lin­ing his vi­sion for the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals.

“There was also a dis­cus­sion on bi­lat­eral is­sues. In par­tic­u­lar, there was much ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the fact that our hy­dro­elec­tric projects in Bhutan are pro­gress­ing very well,” said Swarup.

“Ref­er­ence was made to the Pu­natsangchhu I and II and Mangdechhu projects and the point came out that once all of them come on stream since 80 per­cent of this power would be ex­ported to In­dia we would be sav­ing 11 mil­lion met­ric tonnes of car­bon. So, this ties in very well with the cen­tral topic of the dis­cus­sion to­day i.e sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals and cli­mate change,” he added.

Swarup said that there was also dis­cus­sion on other bi­lat­eral projects like e-li­brary, get­ting stu­dents to read, progress in the small de­vel­op­ment projects that In­dia is im­ple­ment­ing in Bhutan, the tremen­dous tourism po­ten­tial be­cause Prime Min­is­ter Modi has been em­pha­sis­ing again and again that tourism can be­come another strong bridge be­tween both na­tions.

Swarup fur­ther said that there was also a brief dis­cus­sion on BBIN.

“The Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan said that there must be an ex­pan­sion of the BBIN be­yond the mo­tor­ways. He sug­gested that we could now per­haps look into other sec­tors as well,” he added.

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