Their Majesties return after a successful four day Royal Visit to India
On the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, His Majesty The King, accompanied by Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey made a four day Royal Visit to India from 31 October - 3 November 2017.
Her Excellency Shrimati Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minister of India, received His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on their arrival.
On the second day of their stay in New Delhi, the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind extended a warm welcome to His Majesty King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. His Majesty The King and the President expressed their happiness with the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries defined by trust and confidence in each other. His Majesty was happy to accept the President’s invitation for a State Visit to India next year as the two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of formal diplomatic ties. In the evening, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi also warmly received His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, and His Royal Highness The Gyalsey at his residence at Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi. Both the President and the Prime Minister said it was an honour to be introduced to His Royal Highness the Gyalsey and to welcome His Royal Highness on his first visit to India. During a cordial meeting held at the Prime Minister’s residence, His Majesty and Prime Minister Modi exchanged views on a broad range of subjects covering bilateral friendship and cooperation, including the 50th Anniversary of formal diplomatic ties between Bhutan and India which will be celebrated next year, as well as regional and international matters of mutual concern and interest. His Majesty also expressed
appreciation for India’s generous support for Bhutan’s socio-economic development. Such warm, frank and frequent exchanges of views between the leaders of the two countries are a hallmark of the very close and special relations between Bhutan and India. Following the meeting, the Prime Minister hosted a dinner at his residence in honour of Their Majesties.
Earlier that day, External Affairs Minister of India Smt. Sushma Swaraj received an Audience from His Majesty.
His Majesty The King granted an Audience to the Vice President of India, Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu on the third day of the Royal visit.
India and Bhutan enjoy unique ties of friendship, which are characterized by deep understanding and mutual trust. The Royal visit of Their Majesties is in keeping with the long standing tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries.
The Royal visit provided an opportunity to both the sides for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation, including befitting celebrations for the golden jubilee of Bhutan and India’s diplomatic relations in 2018, and to advance the special bilateral ties of friendship and cooperation.
Their Majesties returned to Bhutan on Friday.
His Majesty The King and Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi.