Am­bas­sador Pema Cho­den pre­sented her Let­ters of Cre­dence to Pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean Coun­cil

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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.

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