Indian foreign secretary to visit Bhutan

India and Bhutan will further consolidate their traditional friendly ties with SS Menon set to leave for Thimphu on a three-day visit.
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Published on Oct 24, 2006 03:56 PM IST
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None | By Indo-Asian News Service, Thimphu

India and Bhutan will further consolidate their traditional friendly ties spanning trade, energy and culture when Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon goes to Thimphu on a three-day visit on Thursday.

Menon will call on Bhutanese monarch Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Crown Prince Trongsa Penlop Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and discuss a host of bilateral and regional issues with them.

"The foreign secretary's visit to Bhutan is in keeping with the tradition of regular exchanges of visits between the two countries and will contribute to the further strengthening of the close and friendly ties between India and Bhutan," said an external affairs ministry press release on Tuesday.

India and Bhutan - the idyllic Himalayan country that chooses to measure its wealth in terms of gross national happiness - signed three agreements in the areas of hydroelectric power and trade during the visit of the Bhutanese king to India in July this year.

New Delhi has welcomed the Bhutanese monarch's decision, announced last year, to anoint the 25-year-old crown prince as the king in 2008.

He will be enthroned before Bhutan adopts a constitution and goes to its first ever polls to choose a prime minister under a parliamentary democracy.

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