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S M Krishna arrives in Bhutan

world Updated: Jun 18, 2009 11:50 IST

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, on his first foreign visit after assuming office, arrived here today on a two-day visit during which he will hold bilateral meetings with Bhutanese leadership.

Krishna, who is accompanied by Foreign Secretary Shivshanker Menon and other senior officials of the Ministry, was received by Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering and Information and Broadcasting Minister Nandlal Rai on his arrival at the international airport here.

The External Affairs Minister also flagged off the first flight of Paro-Bagdogra (Assam) flight of Bhutan's Druk Air that would facilitate greater connectivity to promote trade and tourism between the two countries.

"India and Bhutan share uniquely warm and cordial relation. These are founded on close consultations, maturity, complete trust, mutual understanding, shared interest and mutually beneficial cooperation," Krishna said in his remarks after arriving here.

He also said that his visit was aimed at further strengthening of the bilateral ties and economic cooperation.

While a multifaceted cooperation covers a broad canvas, he said cooperation in the hydro-power sector is the key element.