External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday met Bhutan's top leadership, including Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties with emphasis on development partnership and cooperation in the hydropower sector. Jaishankar is in the Buddhist kingdom on a two-day visit, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Ministry of External Affairs.
He also conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's greetings during his talks with Prime Minister Tshering. Following the meeting, Prime Minister Tshering appreciated Jaishankar's visit to Bhutan so soon after assuming the office.
The Bhutanese Prime Minister said in a tweet:
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet:
"Constructive conversation with a close partner".
Earlier, Jaishankar, who arrived in Bhutan on a commercial flight, was welcomed by his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji at the airport. He held talks with Dorji and discussed issues of mutual interest:
Dorji said in a tweet:
"A very cordial meeting with H.E. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who is on a 2 day visit to #Bhutan. The excellent relations have been built & nurtured by our visionary Monarchs & the successive leaders of India".
Later in the evening, Dorji hosted a reception in the honour of Jaishankar here. The External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi on Thursday said that the visit reflects the importance India attaches to its relationship with Bhutan, a close friend and neighbour. Bhutan has been a close ally of India and bilateral ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years. Bhutan was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first overseas visit after assuming charge in 2014.