Ma­mata Ban­er­jee: If you’re OK, we’re OK

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Deki Lhadon

The vis­it­ing Chief Min­is­ter of West Ben­gal, Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, called upon the For­eign Min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Dam­cho Dorji, to dis­cuss is­sues of bi­lat­eral in­ter­est on Fri­day.

She said she was hon­oured to meet Their Majesties the King and the Queen and the other Royal Fam­ily mem­bers on Tues­day.

“It was a unique meet­ing,” she said. She be­lieved that her visit was very mean­ing­ful.

Ly­onpo Dam­cho re-

garded Ma­mata’s visit to Bhutan as be­ing very sig­nif­i­cant since Bhutan shares strong re­la­tion of trade, eco­nomic, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism and cul­ture with West Ben­gal, which borders Bhutan.

“Her visit will not only will fur­ther strengthen friend­ship be­tween two coun­tries but also In­doBhutan re­la­tions,” said Ly­onpo Dam­cho.

In the press con­fer­ence af­ter­math of the meet­ing with the Ly­onpo Dam­cho, the Chief Min­is­ter said that their dis­cus­sion ranged from se­cu­rity to eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. She said West Ben­gal and Bhutan will con­tinue dis­cus­sion on the mat­ters that con­cerns both the coun­tries.

She was very de­tailed list the ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion. “We will work to­gether in var­i­ous sec­tors like ed­uca- tion, tourism and civil avi­a­tion,” she said.

“As friends we have to dis­cuss all the is­sues,” said Ma­mata, ex­hibit­ing her gen­er­ous smile. “If you are OK, we are OK. If we are OK, you are OK.”

She also in­di­cated that she had de­tailed dis­cus- sion with Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay on ar­eas of mu­tual in­ter­est to both the coun­tries.

She seems to have been touched by the tran­quil en­vi­ron­ment and peo­ple of Bhutan. “Bhutan is a beau­ti­ful and peace lov­ing peo­ple,” she said.

6 Oc­to­ber 2015: His Majesty The King granted an Au­di­ence to the Chief Min­is­ter of West Ben­gal, Her Ex­cel­lency Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, at the Lingkana Palace to­day.

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