NAMo in Bhutan: Deepening the Ties among Cooperation Talks: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Bhutan for a two-day visit from August 17 to 18.
On this official visit to the Himalayan nation, 10 MoUs were slated to be signed, deepening the ties between the two nations.
PM Modi’s Welcome in Bhutan
PM Modi received a grand welcome as soon as he arrived at Paro International Airport. He was received by Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.
In a tweet, PM Modi thanked his Bhutanese counterpart and said he was deeply touched by the gesture.
He also received a Guard of Honour, before his visit to the Tashichhoedzong Palace to meet the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.
The joint press meet took place after that and was broadcasted live through Twitter.
PM’s Speech and the Cooperation between the two Nations
PM Modi started his speech by thanking the people of Bhutan. He expressed his happiness on being able to visit Bhutan after beginning his second office term. Just as how he had visited the Himalayan nation soon after starting his term as India’s Prime Minister.
He said- “Bhutan has a special place in the hearts of 130 crore Indians. I am very happy that I have come to Bhutan soon after the beginning of my second term.”
He also talked about the joint ventures of both the countries including Mangdecchu hydroelectric power plant and the ISRO-built earth station in Thimpu.
PM Modi and the Prime Minister of Bhutan unveiled the “Inauguration Plaque of the Ground Station for South Asian Satellite”.
Also, RuPay Card was launched in Bhutan with Prime Minister Modi making a purchase, at Simtokha Dzong.
“Who will not want a friend and a neighbor like Bhutan,” he said during the press meet, “It is an honor for us that India is a part of the development of Bhutan.”
He ended his speech by saying that India’s cooperation in Bhutan’s five-year plans will continue.
India is providing Rs. 5,000 crore for Bhutan’s 12th five-year plan that began in 2018.
PM Modi to Address Students on Sunday
On the second day of the visit, PM Modi is scheduled to address the students at the Royal University of Bhutan.
The main focus of this address would be the falling number of Bhutanese students in India and an ongoing discussion to link the universities in the two countries.