Modi to Travel to Bhutan on Aug 17

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Bhutan for a two-day visit on August 17 during which the two strategic allies will explore ways to further strengthen and diversify bilateral partnership, said Ministry of External Affairs.

The External Affairs Ministry said that PM Modi’s visit to India’s trusted friend reflects the high priority it attaches to its relations with the neighbouring country.

Bhutan was the first country to visit by Modi after he assumes charge as PM in 2014.

The Ministry further stated that Modi’s visit to Bhutan, very early in his second term, is in line with government of India’s continued emphasis on its Neighbourhood First Policy.

PM Modi will hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering during his visit and is expected to get an audience with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited the Himalayan nation in June in his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the ministry.

The ministry in its statement said that the visit provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development cooperation, hydropower cooperation and people-to-people-ties.

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