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S Jaishankar begins Bhutan visit today

Bhutan has been a close ally of India and bilateral ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will embark on a two-day visit to Bhutan on Friday, in his first overseas trip after taking charge of the ministry.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Jaishankar would call on Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and is expected to receive an audience with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. He will also hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji.

“It will be Jaishankar’s first visit abroad as external affairs minister and reflects the importance India attaches to its relationship with Bhutan, a close friend and neighbour,” Kumar said.

Bhutan has been a close ally of India and bilateral ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years.

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“India and Bhutan share a unique and time-tested bilateral relationship, characterised by utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding,” said Kumar.

“During the visit, the two sides will discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the upcoming high-level exchanges, economic development and hydro-power cooperation,” he added.