Modi thanks guardian deities, Kings for Bhutan visit success

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 17:36

New Delhi: Happy over his successful Bhutan visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the "blessings of our guardian deities, leadership of our Kings, good fortune of our people" for it.

"Visit a success: All thanks to the blessings of our Guardian Deities; leadership of our Kings; good fortune of our People," Modi tweeted.

Modi, who chose Bhutan as his first foreign destination since taking over last month, received a rousing welcome in that country with the Monarchy and the government going out of the way to display their special gestures.

He was received at the Paro airport by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and his Council of Ministers and was accorded ceremonial guard of honour at the airport and also at the Royal Palace on the first day of the visit on Sunday.

Tobgay and his Council of Ministers went to the airport, about 50 kms from Thimphu, to see him off as well, yesterday.

Both while coming and leaving, Modi was given a special welcome en route from Paro to Thimphu, with common people, including children, lining up the road waving flags of India and Bhutan.

While leaving, Modi stopped at two places to interact with common people and children.

"My inner voice said I should visit Bhutan first," the Prime Minister said yesterday while explaining why he had chosen Bhutan as his first foreign destination.

"After such a big mandate, there is usually a temptation to visit some big powerful nation so that there is praise all over. But my inner voice said that I should visit Bhutan first," he said while addressing the joint session of Bhutanese Parliament.

"There was no plan. It was a simple step. Had I not visited Bhutan first, my conscience would have questioned me why I did not do so," he added.

Later, on his return yesterday, he tweeted, "Back to Delhi. This Bhutan trip will remain etched in my memory. It was a very satisfying & productive visit".

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 17:36

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