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Bhutan PM arrives for 3-day visit

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Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering arrived here Thursday on a three-day visit during which he will hold talks with his counterpart Narendra Modi on a host of issues, including the Himalayan nation’s five-year development plan.

On his first visit to the country since taking charge last month, Tshering was received by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla.

He will be given a ceremonial reception on Friday and will hold talks with Prime Minister Modi the same day.

Sources said a host of issues, including Bhutan’s five-year development plan, is likely to be discussed during the visit.

The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier said the two sides are likely to discuss all aspects of bilateral relations, including high-level exchanges, people-to-people ties, and economic, development and hydropower cooperation.

The upcoming visit of Tshering will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review the progress in the multi-faceted partnership, and discuss ways and means to expand the enduring ties of friendship and cooperation, the MEA had said.

“Time-tested relationship. Dr Lotay Tshering @PMBhutan received warmly by MoS Finance @BJPShivPShukla on arrival in Delhi for a 3-day State Visit at the invitation of PM @narendramodi. #IndiaBhutan celebrate 50th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted after Bhutanese premier’s arrival.

Tshering’s visit comes a month after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s official trip to Bhutan.

(PTI)

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