Singaporean Ambassador bids farewell

Singapore’s High Commissioner to India with concurrent accreditation as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Bhutan, Ms Karen Tan called on Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday.

Ms. Tan who took over office two years ago as Singapore’s Ambassador to Bhutan arrived in the capital on Wednesday to bid farewell and thank the government of Bhutan for her successful tenure while in New Delhi.

Ambassador Tan told Lyonchhen that within a span of two years, Bhutan and Singapore achieved numerous bilateral developments – launching of direct flight from Paro to Singapore being the significant one. Ambassador Tan told Lyonchhen that she will be meeting the CEO of Druk Air to work on strategies and ways to increase the number of passengers and tourists from Singapore and its neighboring countries to Bhutan.

“All in all bilateral developments are moving in the right direction,” said Ambassador Tan in a news release from the PM’s office adding that they are still working on offering scholarships to Bhutanese particularly in the areas of vocational and diplomats’ trainings.

Lyonchhen thanked Ms Tan and the Singaporean government for the long standing relation the two countries have had. He said that despite being a small nation, Singapore has always had reasons to inspire Bhutan. “We have learnt a lot and will continue to get inspired by Singapore,” Lyonchhen said while thanking Ms Karen Tan for l the support she rendered to the people of Bhutan during her tenure in New Delhi.

Lyonchhen congratulated Ms Karen Tan for her next appointment as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

Prior to taking up post in New Delhi, Ms Tan served as the Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva and to the World Intellectual Property Organization. Ms Karen Tan is accompanied by First Secretary Mr. Lucien Hong and is scheduled to leave for New Delhi today in the morning.

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