7 June 2019: His Majesty The King granted an Audience to India’s External Affairs Minister, H.E. S. Jaishankar, at the Lingkana Palace this evening. His Excellency is on a 2-day official visit to Bhutan- his first visit abroad as Minister.

His Majesty grants audience to India’s new Minister for External Affairs

The minister met with Lyonchhen and the Foreign Minister

Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India, is in the country on a two-day official visit. The Minister of External Affairs was received at Paro International Airport by Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Maj. Gen. V. Namgyal, Ambassador of Bhutan to India; Ms. Ruchira Kamboj, Ambassador of India to Bhutan; and other senior officials of the Royal Government.

While in the country, the Minister of External Affairs received an Audience with His Majesty The King. In the afternoon of 7th June, he called on Lyonchhen (Dr.) Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister, and met with Lyonpo (Dr.) Tandi Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two sides discussed various areas of cooperation between the two countries and exchange of high-level visits.

Lyonpo (Dr.) Tandi Dorji hosted a reception in honour of the Minister of External Affairs in the evening at the Hotel Taj Tashi.

In his welcome remarks, Lyonpo thanked Dr. Jaishankar for making Bhutan his first official foreign visit barely a week after assuming Office. Lyonpo also offered warm felicitations on his appointment as the Minister of External Affairs of India. Lyonpo underscored that the special friendship that exists between Bhutan and India continue to flourish and strengthen, and assured the Royal Government’s continued commitment to further strengthen it in the years ahead.

In his remarks at the reception, Dr. Jaishankar conveyed the good wishes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the people of Bhutan. He said that the people and Government of India are grateful to Their Majesties The Kings for their vision in providing guidance to the relations between our two countries. He also assured that he will do whatever is possible to take Bhutan-India relations to even greater heights.

The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchange of visits between Bhutan and India.

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