PM Modi arrives in Bhutan, to receive highest civilian award

  • PM Narendra Modi's visit to Bhutan delayed by a day due to bad weather. He leaves for a two-day trip, expected to return on Saturday.

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Updated22 Mar 2024
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Bhutan to boost bilateral relations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Bhutan to boost bilateral relations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed at Bhutan's Paro International Airport on Friday morning. Bhutan’s PM Tshering Tobgay welcomed PM Modi at the airport. Later, PM Modi received a Guard of Honour at Bhutan's airport.

PM Modi will return to India on Saturday.

PM Modi is due to receive Bhutan’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Druk Gyalpo during his visit to the Himalayan nation.

He was earlier scheduled to leave on Thursday for Bhutan but the visit was postponed due to inclement weather conditions.

PM Modi said in Bhutan he will be attending various programmes to cement ties between the two nations. “On the way to Bhutan, where I will be attending various programmes aimed at further cementing the India-Bhutan partnership. I look forward to talks with Majesty the King of Bhutan, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay,” PM Modi wrote on the X platfrom.

Meanwhile, the Butansese citizens are all geared up to welcome PM Modi. A video by the ANI news agency showed a glimpse of preparation visuals at Paro International Airport.

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According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Indai-Bhutan shares an enduring partnership, rooted in "mutual trust, understanding, and goodwill". PM Modi's visit will provide an opportunity for both sides to exchange views on bilateral and regional matters of interest and deliberate on ways to expand and intensify partnership for the benefit of citizens, MEA said.

PM Modi discusses infra, energy cooperation with Bhutanese counterpart

Between 14-18 March, Togbay also visited India. During the Bhutanese PM's visit, Prime Minister Modi said India would step up support for Bhutan’s 13th five-year plan, including considering a request for an economic stimulus programme and development aid would be geared towards creating infrastructure and building connectivity.

India has provided aid worth 5,000 crore for the 12th plan to Bhutan.

India-Bhutan relations

The formal diplomatic ties between India and Bhutan were established in 1968, with the cornerstone being the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1949 and subsequently renewed in February 2007.

PM Modi visited Bhutan in 2019 and launched several bilateral projects.

Besides, the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck also made several visits to India. His last visit to India was in November 2023.

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