EAM Jaishankar arrives in Bhutan, strengthens India Bhutan bilateral ties
EAM Jaishankar arrives in Bhutan, strengthens India Bhutan bilateral ties

BHUTAN: India's External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Bhutan on Friday on an official visit and said he was looking forward to a productive stay and increasing bilateral cooperation between the two countries. "It's wonderful to be back in Bhutan. It's great to see @FMBhutan Tandi Dorji again. I'm looking forward to a fruitful visit, "Jaishankar sent out a tweet. '

Jaishankar also posted photos of his arrival in the city. According to an official announcement from India's external affairs ministry (MEA), Jaishankar is in Bhutan at the invitation of his Bhutanese colleague Lyonpo Tandi Dorji.

Jaishankar will meet with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Bhutan's King, as well as Dr Lotay Tshering, Bhutan's Prime Minister. He will also meet with his counterpart, Dr. Tandi Dorji. India and Bhutan have a unique and long-standing bilateral relationship marked by greatest trust, goodwill, and mutual understanding, the ministry said in a statement.

Since March 2020, Jaishankar will be Bhutan's first high-level foreign visitor. The two sides will discuss all areas of mutual importance during the visit, including upcoming high-level meetings, economic development, and hydropower cooperation. Jaishankar arrived in Dhaka on Thursday, beginning a three-day visit to Bangladesh and Bhutan from April 28 to 30. Jaishankar's visit to Bangladesh is remarkable because it is his first since March 2021.

During his official visit to Bangladesh, Jaishankar met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and communicated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to her to visit India later this year. EAM Jaishankar also discussed bilateral, regional, and international topics of mutual interest with Bangladesh's Prime Minister.

"This afternoon, EAM called on H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and extended Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi's invitation to visit India at her leisure later this year," according to an official statement. Jaishankar also met with Bangladesh's Foreign Minister, AK Abdul Momen, and extended an invitation to him to join the Joint Consultative Commission's next meeting, which will be conducted in India ahead to PM Hasina's visit.

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