First Foreign 2 days visit to Bhutan that is one of the friendliest neighbour of India of Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied by External Affairs Minister Ms. Sushma Swaraj, National security advisor Mr. Ajit Doval and Foreign secretary Ms. Sujatha Singh was a great success.
The visit to neighbouring countries is a prove that he wants to build up good relationships with foreign countries. PM Narendra Modi met King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema in Tashichhodzong. Along with Prime Minister Mr. Tshering Tobgay on Sunday. They both had discussed complete spectrum of ties to cement the “unique and exclusive” mutual relationship. He invited the king and queen to plan and visit India.
Narendra Modi was given calm and superb ceremonial welcome with traditional Bhutanese dance National Anthem of both the countries were played, along with Narendra Modi was presented with guard of honor. Some of the other key points of the visit are:-
- Both countries renewed their promise to achieve the 10,000 MW project in hydropower cooperation and both nations are not allowed to use it for destructive or harmful use to each other
- PM initiated and inaugurated the building of the Supreme Court of Bhutan, which was built with the help of funds from Indian Government and also laid base stone of the 600MW Kholongchu Hydro-electric project, project site is expected to begin by December a joint venture between India and Bhutan.
- PM declared double scholarships to Bhutanese students, who are studying in India which will now be worth Rs 2 crore. India will also assist Bhutan set up a digital library which will provide access to Bhutanese youth to two million books and periodicals helping them in their career and future.
- Both countries India and Bhutan acknowledge their pledge to extend development cooperation and discussed and find ways to further boost up economic ties.
- Narendra Modi also announced a number of measures and solutions including the release of Bhutan from all ban on export of ingredients like milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-basmati rice.
When he arrived India, while raising a toast for peace, success, welfare and progress of India, Shri Modi said, “India is associated with the progress and happiness of Bhutan and will continue to do so. The two countries are made for each other. The colour of our passports may vary, but our heritage and values remain the same”.