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Salman Khurshid to travel to Bhutan

Last Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 21:39

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid travels to Bhutan on a two-day official visit from Jan 14 when he will meet King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Khurshid will also have an audience with the former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Khurshid will call on Bhutan Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinely and hold bilateral discussions with the Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister in Charge for Foreign Affairs, Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, a statement said Saturday.

India and Bhutan enjoy a special and unique relationship characterized by mutual trust and confidence; deep multi-dimensional, mutually beneficial cooperation including in hydropower development and extensive socio-economic, cultural and religious ties at the popular level.

India continues to be Bhutan`s main development partner and its largest trading partner. In 2011, the bilateral trade reached Rs 61.6 billion which constitutes 72 percent of Bhutan`s total imports and 85 percent of its exports.


First Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 21:39

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