PM returns after a successful state visit to India
After concluding a three day state visit to India, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the visit marked a spirit of friendship, mutual respect and understanding on the solid Indo-Bhutan relations.
At the press briefing after his state visit, Prime Minister said the top agenda and maximum expected was a view to further cement the strong friendship shared by the two countries. “The hydropower tariff and other issues raised during the visit are nowhere when we thought of Indo-Bhutan relation,” he said adding his focus was to boost ties the two countries shared.
Prime Minister before leaving on an official visit to India, he said was anxious of himself if work failed to be perfect or he would live up to the expectations, but he was also very much looked forward to strengthening the bilateral relations. “I really wanted to know each other, sit down with the Prime Minister of India and know him well,” he said.
Prime Minister said the visit marked a major turning point to further strengthening the robust relations. “We are very happy that they are giv- ing us the same support for the 12th FYP,” he said adding that there is no more condition beyond that resounding success.
He also conveyed the warm greetings and good wishes of the government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of the India. He said, “They send us with more volume of love and care.”
Prime Minister also expressed that he appreciated the tremendous value of the wide-ranging support in the relations between two countries. “Our counterpart at Delhi was very happy and extended unconditional support that we required,” Prime Minister said.
He emphasized the need to continue build upon the longstanding mutual cooperation between the two countries. “I am happy to report that, in addition of shaking hand, our hearts shake with click on personal note,” he said. “We had opened our doors for talking further at any level.”
Prime Minister also reported that they had shared a view to continuing the bilateral interaction and agreed on the bilateral dialogue to discuss matters of mutual interest
in regional. “If possible, we will find the device or any mechanism to take our Indo-Bhutan relations as much greater height,” he said. “I conveyed that to the Indian counterpart too.”
Having agreed that the nation needs quality healthcare system and improvement, Prime Minister said the Prime Minister of India noted the help required in health sector especially at tertiary level and multi dispensary hospital. He said, “They are very happy and said whatever we propose, we would sit down and talk together.”
The commitment of the GoI with Nu.45B for the 12th FYP, Prime Minister said, would consider using it very efficiently. “They did lot of concessions, tried their best to send us back with our expectations,” he said. “Solely on political intervention and goodwill gesture, they send us back with our expectations.”
Besides, Bhutan also received Nu.4B for trade facilitation and boosting economic linkages. Such a measure, Prime Minister said, was very excellent goodwill gesture.
Additionally, GoI also agreed to provide addi- tional Nu.1B outside the tariff cycle with extension in loan repayment period to reduce Bhutan’s annual loan payment for the project. India has given two more year extension on the loan repayment period, from 15 years to 17 years.
Shortly after the two leaders met, Prime Minis- ter Narendra Modi wrote on his official twitter handle to thank Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering for the visit. “We had fruitful talks, focused on deepening corporation in hydropower, space technology, economy and several other areas,” he wrote. “Strong ties between our two nations greatly ben- efit our citizens.”
At the invitation of the Prime Minster of India, Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering paid a state visit to India from 27 to 29 December 2018. This was the first abroad visit since he assumed the office as Prime Minister in October, 2018.
PM Dr Lotay Tshering speaking to the media about his successful visit to India