New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrived here today on a four-day visit and in a special gesture was received at the airport by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
This is the first high-level visit from Bhutan to India after the “disengagement” between Indian and Chinese troops on August 28, ending a tense 73-day-long stand-off near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in the Dokalam area.
“Special gesture for a valued friend. EAM @SushmaSwaraj receives Their Majesties, The King, The Queen and The Gyalsey (Prince) of Bhutan,” ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of Swaraj with the Bhutanese King, Queen and their son.
During his visit, the Bhutanese King will hold talks with the Indian leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and review the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation.
“India and Bhutan enjoy unique ties of friendship, which are characterised by deep understanding and mutual trust. The visit of His Majesty the King of Bhutan is in keeping with the long standing tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries,” an external affairs ministry statement had said ahead of the visit.