Their Majesties re­turn af­ter a suc­cess­ful four day Royal Visit to In­dia

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Staff Re­porter

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.

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