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PM Modi reaches Bhutan, receives guard of honour

ANI
Published : Aug 17, 2019, 1:05 pm IST
Updated : Aug 17, 2019, 1:39 pm IST

Modi was received by his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering and others on his arrival at the Paro International Airport.

This is Modi's second visit to the Himalayan nation and first since his re-election as Prime Minister. (Photo: ANI)
 This is Modi's second visit to the Himalayan nation and first since his re-election as Prime Minister. (Photo: ANI)

Paro: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Bhutan for a two-day visit to the country.

Modi was received by his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering and others on his arrival at the Paro International Airport.

A child presented a bouquet to the Prime Minister as he stepped off the plane in Paro- a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu.

Modi received a guard of honour at the airport.

This is Modi's second visit to the Himalayan nation and first since his re-election as Prime Minister.

In his departure statement, the Prime Minister said on Friday that India-Bhutanpartnership forms an important pillar of New Delhi's 'Neighbourhood First' policy and expressed confidence that his two-day trip will promote the time-tested ties between the two countries.

Modi will officially begin his engagements by visiting the Simtokha Dzong, a monastery built by Ngawang Namgyal who unified Bhutan.

During the visit, the Prime Minister is expected to receive audiences with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan and Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth King of Bhutan and hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart.

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On the second day of his visit, Modi is scheduled to visit the National Memorial Chorten. He will also be attending a cultural performance at Tashichhodzong - a Buddhist monastery - hosted in his honour.

Read: Ties with Bhutan form important pillar of India's 'neighbourhood first' policy: Modi

The Prime Minister will also address the students at the Royal University of Bhutan.

During the visit, 10 MoUs are slated to be signed between the two close neighbours in fields like education amongst others. Five inaugurations are also expected to take place, including that of the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and the ISRO-built earth station in Thimphu.

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