PM re­turns af­ter a suc­cess­ful state visit to In­dia

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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

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