Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going embark on his two-day travel to Bhutan on August 17 and taking to Twitter on Friday, he shared his departing statement.
In the statement, PM Modi stated that his visit to Bhutan reflects the high importance that the Government attaches to India’s relations to the neighbouring country.
"India and Bhutan enjoy excellent bilateral ties exemplified by extensive development partnership, mutually beneficial hydro-power co-operation, and strong trade and economic linkages. Both countries jointly celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations last year," PM Modi wrote in his departing statement.
He added that he is looking forward to having fruitful discussions with H.M. the King, H.M. the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Prime Minister of Bhutan on the entire gamut of our bilateral relations.
He is also set to address the Bhutanese students at the prestigious Royal University of Bhutan on August 18 during his two-day trip. During his visit, 10 MoUs are slated to be signed between both the countries and five inaugurations are likely to take place. PM Modi shall also be accorded the guard of honour when he visits Tashichhodzong on August 17.
Notably, Bhutan was the first country Modi visited after assuming charge as prime minister in 2014.
Read PM Modi's full departing statement here:
On August 15, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering took to Twitter and wrote that "It is an honour for Bhutan to have a friend like India which has been on their side for centuries", adding that they anticipate PM Modi's visit to the Himalayan nation.