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Modi greets new leader of Bhutan; assures India’s support

The Bhutanese leader thanked Modi for his greetings and good wishes, and accepted the invitation to visit India at the earliest opportunity.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Reflecting the importance India attaches to ties with Bhutan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday telephoned Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) president Lotay Tshering to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the third general election in the Himalayan nation.

During the conversation, Modi welcomed the successful conduct of the election, which is seen by India as an important milestone for consolidation of democracy in Bhutan.

He told Tshering that India attached the highest priority to further strengthening unique ties of friendship and cooperation with Bhutan, which were based on shared interests and values, utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding, the External Affairs Ministry said.

Recalling the ongoing golden jubilee celebrations of diplomatic relations between the two countries, he also reiterated India’s steadfast commitment to work with the new government in Bhutan in its national efforts for socio-economic transformation, based on the priorities and interests of the people and the government of Bhutan. Modi extended an invitation to Tshering to visit India.

The two leaders agreed to take forward the unique and multifaceted bilateral cooperation to new heights for the benefit of the people of Bhutan and India.