Indian PM Modi visits Bhutan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bhutan on June 15 after being elected. Among other South Asian countries he visited Bhutan first. He was received by Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and a delegation of senior government officials. Lyonchhoen said that Prime Minister Modi’s visit was a “historic” event for the kingdom. To welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, students and farmers lined up along the highway waving Bhutan and India flags despite the hot day. The Prime Minister received an audience with His Majesty the King at the Golden Throne room in Taschichhoedzong. He also received an audience with His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. In the evening Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Supreme Court Complex that was constructed with GoI funding. Meanwhile Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay hosted a banquet in honour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Convention Centre. The Indian Prime Minister was accompanied by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, foreign secretary Sujata Singh, national security advisor Ajit Doval and others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the joint session of Parliament on June 16 and laid the foundation stone for the 600 MW Kholongchu hydropower project.

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