Bhutan high on Modi’s diplomatic agenda

New Delhi: The first official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a foreign country will be to Bhutan. Considerable diplomatic significance is attached to this visit.

An official team will be leaving for Thimphu on June 6 to work out the logistics. The visit is planned for after the Parliament session, possibly in the third week of this month.

While finalising the itinerary, the choice was between Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh, though Afghanistan also came up for discussion.

Bhutan has been among India’s friendliest neighbours and enjoys a close relationship with India. The visit reflects the importance India attaches to its ties with Bhutan whose Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay was among the leaders from the neighbouring countries to attend Modi’s swearing-in on May 26.

After the swearing-in, Modi had held a short duration bilateral meeting with the Bhutanese leader.

Modi is also likely to travel to Brazil to participate in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in mid-July.




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