Published:  12:58 AM, 09 June 2019

Jaishankar calls on Bhutanese King

Jaishankar calls on Bhutanese King Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar received an audience with Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and exchanged views on areas of bilateral significance for India Bhutan relations on Friday in Thimphu. MEA, India. -PTI

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and said the special bilateral friendship has always benefited from the enlightened guidance of the head of state of the Himalayan nation.

Jaishankar, who assumed charge on May 30, arrived for a day-long visit to Bhutan on June 7 during his first overseas trip to the country after assuming charge of the ministry. "Honored to have had an audience with His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

The special friendship between India and Bhutan has always benefited from the enlightened guidance of the Druk Gyalpos (the head of state of Bhutan)," Jaishankar tweeted on June 7. "It was a privilege to also meet Her Majesty the ever gracious Gyaltsuen, and especially delightful to interact with the Druk Gyalsey!," he tweeted.

On Friday, Jaishankar also met Bhutan's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and discussed important elements of the bilateral ties. He also held talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji and discussed issues of mutual interest with emphasis on development partnership and hydropower.

---PTI, New Delhi

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