India-Bhutan discuss important bilateral issues

New Delhi: India and Bhutan on Monday discussed important international and bilateral issues, including ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in key areas.

Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who arrived here yesterday, held a series of meetings with Indian leadership, including President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during which entire gamut of bilateral ties were discussed.

"Decision to visit India just a week after our wedding came naturally. India has a special place in our hearts," the King, who is accompanied by his wife Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, said.

The King is here on a state-visit and will spend his honeymoon in Rajasthan where he will visit Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur.

This is the first visit abroad of the King after the Royal Wedding on October 13 and the fourth trip to India since his coronation in November 2008.

The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level visits and exchanges between India and Bhutan.