Bhutan King Meets EAM Jaishankar: According to reports, Bhutan’s King will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On Sunday, following his arrival in Delhi, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk.
Wangchuk was met at the airport by S Jaishankar, who gave him a red carpet welcome.
Jaishankar wrote, “It is a privilege to meet with His Majesty, the King of Bhutan soon after he arrives in New Delhi,” on platform X, announcing the meeting. I’m glad to hear about his initial impression of Assam. India is in favor of Bhutan’s sustainable transformation under the direction of His Majesty.
According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the King of Bhutan are also expected to meet.
Wangchuck’s well-publicized visit to India coincides with China and Bhutan’s redoubled efforts to resolve their long-standing border dispute as soon as possible.
On November 3, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk landed in Guwahati to begin an eight-day visit to India. This visit is a follow-up to the King’s earlier trip to India in April of this year, which attracted a lot of attention because of the growing significance of the Doklam issue.
Given India’s concerns over Doklam, the boundary talks will likely garner the most attention in New Delhi; however, Bhutan’s ambitious project at Gelephu, on the border with Assam, is thought to be the driving force behind the King’s visit.
The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier declared that the Bhutan King’s visit would give both parties a chance to assess the whole range of bilateral cooperation.