Bhutanese King To Arrive In India


New Delhi: Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will arrive here on Tuesday on a four-day visit during which he will hold talks with the Indian leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and review the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation.

This is the first high-level visit from Bhutan to India after the “disengagement” between Indian and Chinese troops on August 28, ending a tense 73-day-long stand-off near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in the Dokalam area.

Announcing the visit, the external affairs ministry said the King along with Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck and son Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck will visit India from October 31 to November 3.

The King of Bhutan will meet the president and the prime minister, who will host a dinner in their honour, the ministry said.
The vice president and the external affairs minister will also call on the King of Bhutan during his stay “India and Bhutan enjoy unique ties of friendship, which are characterised by deep understanding and mutual trust. The visit of His Majesty the King of Bhutan is in keeping with the long-standing tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries,” a ministry statement said.

It said that the visit would provide an opportunity to both the sides for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation, including plans for befitting celebrations of the golden jubilee of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in the year 2018 and to advance the special bilateral ties of friendship and cooperation.

Early this month, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also travelled to Bhutan and held talks with the King and Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.