Ambassador Pema Choden presented her Letters of Credence to President of the European Council
Ambassador Pema Choden presented her Letters of Credence to Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council accrediting her as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the European Union on 1st July 2016.
President Donald Tusk welcomed Ambassador Pema Choden’s appointment and said that Bhutan and the European Union shared common interests and the Euro- pean Union’s relationship with Bhutan was unique. He commended Bhutan’s leadership role addressing issues related to climate change, despite the many challenges Bhutan faced.
Ambassador Pema Choden conveyed the warm greetings of His Majesty the King to the President. She also conveyed the gratitude of the Royal Government and people of Bhutan for the development assistance provided by the European Union during the last three decades and her commitment to further deepen friendship between Bhutan and the European Union.
Bhutan and the European Union established diplomatic relations in August 1985 and the European Union is among Bhutan’s largest development partners. Under the multi-annual Indicative Programme, the European Union has committed € 42 million as bilateral development assistance to Bhutan for the period 2014-2020.