Skirting Pakistan, India signed a road connectivity pact with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal (BBIN) on June 15 to pave the way for greater trade and economic co-operation in the sub-region.
A total of 86 projects are expected to be implemented under the PTA in the 11th Five Year Plan.
The Bhutan monastery was presumably mistaken for one in either Sikkim or Arunachal Pradesh.
“We are glad to see our neighbours develop friendly ties with each other,” said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
Sushma Swaraj said Prime Minister Modi gave some new suggestions to Bhutan like holding a joint sports festival, establish e-libraries etc.
In April, 2014, the two countries had signed a framework agreement on four more JV-model HEPs totalling 2120MW
Modi said if India progresses, it will directly impact the development of its neighbours.
We are committed to continuing our unstinted support to Bhutan in its development efforts,” said Modi.
The cook has been in Bhutan since almost a week as Modi is known for not having food outside.
Modi was also presented with a guard of honour at the palace and the national anthems of the two countries were played.
He is very aware of the details of the India-Bhutan relationship and overall gives a sense of purpose and hope, said Tshering Tobgay.
He is likely to address the joint session of the Parliament of Bhutan and inaugurate the building of Bhutan’s Supreme Court.
Modi will be accompanied by Sushma Swaraj, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh.
Modi will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on key bilateral and regional issues.
It has been reliably learnt that an official team will be leaving for Thimphu on Friday to set up the visit and work out the relevant logistics.