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Jaishankar meets Bhutan’s top leadership, discusses bilateral ties

Jaishankar is in the Buddhist kingdom on a two-day visit, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Ministry of External Affairs. He also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's greetings during his talks with Prime Minister Tshering.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Friday. (Source: Twitter/DrSJaishankar)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday met Bhutan’s top leadership, including Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties, stressing on development partnership and cooperation in the hydropower sector.

Jaishankar is in Bhutan on a two-day visit — his first bilateral visit after being appointed as External Affairs Minister.

Prime Minister Tshering appreciated Jaishankar’s visit to Bhutan soon after assuming the office. “H.E. @DrSJaishankar, Minister for External Affairs of India called on Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering. Lyonchhen welcomed and expressed his appreciation for visiting Bhutan soon after assuming the post of External Affairs Minister,” the Bhutanese Prime Minister said in a tweet.

Jaishankar tweeted: “It was a pleasure to call on @PMBhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering. Conveyed PM @narendramodi’s greetings and had a cordial conversation on important elements of the bilateral partnership”.

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Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Jaishankar had a “constructive conversation with a close partner”. He tweeted, “Constructive conversation with a close partner. EAM @DrSJaishankar called on @PMBhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering and conveyed PM @narendramodi’s greetings. High-level exchanges & engagements have further enhanced our bilateral connections.”

Earlier, Jaishankar was welcomed by his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji at the airport. Jaishankar and Dorji discussed issues of mutual interest.

Kumar said the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest with emphasis on development partnership.