Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to pay a visit to Bhutan in early August as part of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, it is understood.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Friday concluded a two-day visit to the Himalayan nation as part of the preparations being made by the two countries for Modi’s visit.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had visited Bhutan last month on his first overseas visit after his induction into the Modi government. The External Affairs Ministry said Gokhale had an audience with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and called on Prime Minister Lyonchhen (Dr) Lotay Tshering during his visit to Thimphu.

Bhutan Foreign Minister Lyonpo (Dr) Tandi Dorji hosted the Indian diplomat over dinner. The visit was an occasion for both countries to discuss all aspects of bilateral relations and to explore avenues for further strengthening and expanding the multifaceted India-Bhutan ties.

The visit of Gokhale was in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries, the ministry added.