Ma­mata de­scribes Bhutan visit as ‘his­toric’

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - ( Source : Busi­ness Stan­dard)

Says Bhutanese Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay would at­tend the Biswa Bangla Sammelan on Jan­uary 8 and 9

West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee poses for a pho­to­graph with mem­bers of Bhutan Royal fam­ily dur­ing a visit to Bhutan. Photo: PTI

Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee to­day de­scribed her visit to Bhutan as “his­toric” and said it would boost the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing na­tions.

Re­turn­ing to the city af­ter her maiden 5-day visit to the Hi­malayan king­dom, she told re­porters at NSC Bose In­ter­na­tional Air­port that Bhutan shared a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with In­dia and West Ben­gal in par­tic­u­lar, which would be fur­ther strength­ened in var­i­ous fields. She said Bhutan shares nearly 183 km of its bor­der with West Ben­gal. “Ac­cord­ingly, our cul­ture, her­itage, tourism and small-scale in­dus­tries will be de­vel­oped,” she said, adding, the state gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees would be able to travel to Bhutan on LTC. Over­whelmed by the hos­pi­tal­ity of her hosts, she said Bhutanese Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay would at­tend the Biswa Bangla Sammelan on Jan­uary 8 and 9. The Prime Min­is­ter, had in fact, come to see her off in Thim­phu, she said. The Bhutanese King with whom she had a tele­phonic talk be­fore leav­ing for Kolkata had also ex­pressed his de­sire to visit the city, she added.

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