The External Affairs’ Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar was in the country for an official visit from 29-30 April, at the invitation of his counterpart Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
This was the first high-level official visit since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The External Affairs Minister received audiences with His Majesty The King and His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. He also called on Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering, and met with his counterpart Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and discussed matters of mutual interest.
During the visit, Dr. Jaishankar and Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji virtually inaugurated the four-lane road from Jungshina to Chubachu, Bajo-Khuruthang secondary national highway and the new bus terminal in Bumthang.
Further, to support Bhutan’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jaishankar handed over 2000 boxes of essential medical supplies to Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji.
A statement from the foreign ministry said, “The visit is in keeping with the long-established tradition of regular exchange of high-level visits between Bhutan and India. The External Affairs Minister’s visit will further strengthen the already existing close ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.”
Dr s. Jaishankar left the country yesterday and it is his second visit to the country since he became the Minister for External Affairs, India. He was accompanied by senior officials of the government of India.