Thimphu: In the wake of reports that Indian rebels are re-establishing camps in Bhutan, the two countries have agreed to forge stronger ties between their armed forces.
This was decided during a three-day visit of the vice chief of the Indian Army, Lt Gen Deepak Kapoor, to the Himalayan nation where he held discussions with King Jigme Khesar Wangchuk and senior officials of the Royal Bhutan Army.
Chief Operations Officer of the Royal Bhutan Army, Goongloen Wogma Batoo Tshering, told the Kuensel newspaper that the two sides decided to strengthen the existing cooperation and maintain close bonds of friendship.
The visit by Kapoor, his first to a foreign country since assuming charge in January, assumes significance in the wake of reports that rebels from the northeast have escaped into Bhutan following operations by the Indian Army. The Royal Bhutan Army had flushed out Indian militants holed up in the country during an operation in 2003.