Ajit Doval, the national security adviser, called Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on Tuesday. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck of Bhutan arrived in India on April 3 for a three-day visit. The visit of the Bhutanese king is a continuation of the custom of frequent high-level interactions between the two countries.
On Monday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar received the Bhutan king upon his arrival in the country and later called on him in the evening. Jaishankar appreciated the Bhutan King’s vision for strengthening the unique partnership with India.
The visit continues the long-standing custom of frequent high-level interactions between the two countries. The Ministry of External Affairs noted that India and Bhutan enjoy a unique friendship and cooperation relationship characterized by mutual trust and understanding. Senior officials and the foreign minister of Bhutan, Dr. Tandi Dorji, are with the monarch.
Jaishankar claims that the visit will give both nations a chance to assess their current bilateral partnerships and strengthen existing ones, including their economic and development ties. The frequent high-level exchanges between India and Bhutan, such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in August 2019 and Jaishankar’s visits in 2019 and April 2022, have helped to maintain the two countries’ relationship.
The foreign secretary, Vinay Kwatra, visited Bhutan in January 2023. A parliamentary delegation from Bhutan, led by Wangchuk Namgyel, Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan, paid President Murmu a visit in February 2023. When he welcomed the delegation in February, President Murmu said that India deeply values the intricate and unique friendship between the two nations.
Bhutan is also slated to leave the Least Developed Countries group of nations this year and begin its journey toward becoming a High Income Economy by 2034.