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Meira Kumar to address Bhutanese parliament

Friday will see Meira Kumar, the Lok Sabha speaker, addressing the joint session of the Bhutanese parliament. While doing so, she will become the first Lok Sabha speaker to do so.

india Updated: May 25, 2010 16:44 IST

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will address the joint session of the Bhutanese parliament on Friday; an official statement said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"Meira Kumar, who is leading a high-level Indian parliamentary delegation to Bhutan, is the first speaker of the Lok Sabha to address the joint session of the Bhutanese parliament," a Lok Sabha Secretariat statement said.

The delegation, which leaves for Bhutan on Wednesday, will include Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, house members Girija Vyas, Mirza Mehboob Beg and Vishwa Mohan Kumar, and Rajya Sabha members Pyarimohan Mohapatra and Ranjitsinh V. Mohite-Patil, besides other senior parliament officials.

Members of the delegation are slated to meet Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Prime Minister Jigme Thinley, and National Assembly Speaker Tshogton Jigme Tshultim, apart from the leader of the opposition and other senior leaders.

The delegation "will have wide-ranging discussions on issues of international and bilateral importance" with the Bhutanese leaders, the statement said.

First Published: May 25, 2010 16:02 IST