Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will arrive in New Delhi on Thursday as part of a three-day visit during which both sides are expected to deliberate on a range of issues including defence, security and strategic cooperation. Announcing Tobgay’s visit, the Ministry of External Affairs said his visit will provide an opportunity to advance the “exemplary ties of friendship” between the two countries.
Tobgay will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and call on President Ram Nath Kovind.
In February, Tobgay had visited Guwahati to participate in an investors’ summit on the sidelines of which he and Modi had held talks.
Few days after Tobgay’s visit, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had quietly travelled to Bhutan where they held extensive talks with the Bhutanese leadership on key strategic issues including the situation in Doklam.
In their talks, Modi and Tobgay are expected to deliberate on the situation in Doklam tri-junction, the site of 73-day-long standoff between Indian and Chinese armies last year.
This year, both the countries are commemorating the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations.
“The upcoming visit of Prime Minister Tobgay, during the Golden Jubilee year, will provide an opportunity to both the sides to hold discussions on issues of mutual interest, and advancing the exemplary ties of friendship for the benefit of the two peoples,” the MEA said.
It said India and Bhutan enjoy unique ties of friendship and cooperation, which are characterised by “utmost trust” and “mutual understanding”.