The year 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Bhutan and India. To formally launch the historic occasion, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Foreign Minister of Bhutan and Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of India jointly unveiled the logo for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in Thimphu and New Delhi through video conference today.
Lyonpo Damcho Dorji in his remarks said that Bhutan – India relations have been shaped as much by history, culture and geopolitical realties as also by the wise and visionary leadership of the two countries and the belief of their peoples in a shared destiny. He said that while formal diplomatic relations between our two countries was established on January 8th , 1968, the history of Bhutan and India’s friendly and cordial relations stretches back time immemorial.
Lyonpo said that the golden jubilee is an opportunity to celebrate the unique story of a mutually beneficial partnership and friendship, pay homage to the founding fathers who made tremendous contributions through their tireless efforts to the growth and diversification of the relationship.
He said, “While it is an occasion to reflect on the meaningful collaboration in all spheres of socio-economic cooperation and underscore the extraordinary achievements of the past 50 years we also look ahead to a new chapter in our growing relations.”
Lyonpo said that, the two countries will meet common challenges and harness emerging opportunities under the dynamic leadership of the two friendly nations.
Lyonpo also added that the golden jubilee of our formal diplomatic relations is an opportunity to showcase to the world the successful relationship between the two neighbours and how two vastly asymmetrical countries can co-exist and prosper.
In her remarks, Sushma Swaraj said that India-Bhutan relations is built on shared values and priorities, utmost trust and understanding, mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s Interests. Sushma Swaraj fondly recalled the vision, wisdom and foresight of political leadership in India and Their Majesties the revered Kings of Bhutan who laid the strong foundations for this special and unique relationship. She also quoted the famous phrase of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “Bharat is for Bhutan, and, Bhutan is for Bharat”.
The celebrations of the Golden Jubilee will be a year-long event, exceptionally meaningful for the governments and peoples of our two countries. A string of cultural events, shows, exhibitions, business seminars, commemorative events and inauguration of large infrastructure projects in Bhutan have planned to commemorate the historic occasion in a befitting manner.