Modi wraps up Bhutan visit, pledges continued support for development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded a significant two-day state visit to Bhutan, emphasising India’s commitment to bolstering Bhutan’s development endeavors. During his stay, Prime Minister Modi pledged Rs 10,000 crore in assistance to Bhutan over the next five years, reiterating India’s steadfast support.

The visit witnessed the inauguration of a modern hospital for women and children in Thimphu, a testament to the strong bilateral ties between the two nations. Prime Minister Modi, accompanied by his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay, inaugurated the hospital, symbolizing India’s continued assistance in Bhutan’s healthcare infrastructure.

The departure from Bhutan was marked by a special gesture from Bhutanese dignitaries, including the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and Prime Minister Tobgay, who bid farewell to Prime Minister Modi at Paro International Airport.

Expressing gratitude for the warm hospitality extended during his visit, Prime Minister Modi conveyed his appreciation via social media platforms, highlighting the significance of the bilateral talks in strengthening the India-Bhutan friendship. The conferral of the prestigious ‘Order of the Druk Gyalpo’ upon Prime Minister Modi underscored his pivotal role in nurturing the enduring friendship between the two nations. This honor recognized Modi’s leadership and his people-centric approach, further solidifying the bonds between India and Bhutan.

During discussions, Prime Minister Modi reaffirmed India’s support for Bhutan’s 13th Five-Year Plan, pledging comprehensive assistance for its successful implementation. The meeting also emphasized the shared commitment to enhancing developmental partnerships and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Additionally, Prime Minister Modi held fruitful discussions with both Prime Minister Tobgay and King Wangchuck, focusing on deepening bilateral ties across various sectors, including energy, trade, digital connectivity, space, and agriculture.

The exchange of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements in key areas, such as establishing rail links, reflects the tangible outcomes of the visit, further enhancing cooperation between India and Bhutan. In a joint statement, both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the exceptional bilateral relations, recognizing the mutual benefits derived from the enduring friendship.


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