Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay Embarks on Diplomatic Endeavor with Official Visit to India

March 15, 2024 2:28 pm

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan commenced a crucial diplomatic journey with his official visit to India, where he met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Lok Kalyan Marg, New Delhi, on the inaugural day of his five-day agenda.

The rendezvous between the two leaders signifies a pivotal moment in bilateral relations, poised to forge deeper ties and explore avenues for mutual cooperation. A joint statement is anticipated to be released today, encapsulating the outcomes of their deliberations.

Upon his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Prime Minister Tobgay was accorded a warm reception by Indian dignitaries, including Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, as well as Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, Ashwni Choubey. The ceremonial welcome underscored the significance of the visit in consolidating the enduring friendship between Bhutan and India.

With a vision to reinforce the strong bond between the two neighboring nations, Prime Minister Tobgay’s official sojourn in India from March 14th to 18th holds promise in fostering collaboration across various sectors. Officials from the Prime Minister’s Office of Bhutan expressed optimism about the visit, highlighting its potential to unlock new avenues of cooperation and catalyze mutual growth.

This diplomatic venture marks a significant milestone for Prime Minister Tobgay, serving as his inaugural foreign trip since assuming office as Bhutan’s fourth democratically elected Prime Minister. In his engagements with Indian counterparts, Prime Minister Tobgay delved into discussions aimed at deepening bilateral relations and exploring synergies for shared prosperity.

Following his arrival, Prime Minister Tobgay held discussions with Vinay Mohan Kwatra, the Foreign Secretary of India, setting the stage for fruitful exchanges during his visit. Subsequently, he was hosted to a dinner by Dr. S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister of India, in a gesture of warm hospitality and camaraderie.

Over the course of his stay, Prime Minister Tobgay is slated to engage with various government leaders and business luminaries, with a focus on enhancing bilateral ties and fostering collaboration across diverse sectors. Today, he is scheduled to meet with the President of India, Droupadi Murmu, further underscoring the depth of diplomatic engagements during his visit.

Accompanying Prime Minister Tobgay on this diplomatic mission are eminent officials from the Royal Government of Bhutan, including Foreign and External Affairs Minister DN Dungyel, Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Gem Tshering, Minister for Industry, Commerce, and Employment Namgay Dorji, Aum Tashi Doma, and other senior dignitaries. Their collective efforts aim to strengthen the enduring bond between Bhutan and India, charting a path toward shared prosperity and mutual advancement.

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