India, Bhutan decides to expand and diversify relations

July 16th, 2008 - 10:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi , July 16 (ANI): Bhutanese Prime Minister L.J.Y. Thinley on Wednesday held extensive talks with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh on a wide range of issues to expand and diversify relations between the two countries.

Issues like border management, security, cooperation in hydropower, health and tourism are believed to be discussed during the meeting between the two leaders.

Earlier today, Thinley was accorded Ceremonial Reception at the Rastrapati Bhavan.

After the reception while speaking to media Thinley said that he is looking forward to expand areas of cooperation to further deepen ties with India .

Describing India as closest friend, dependable and trusted ally and most generous country for assisting Bhutan in its development efforts, Thinley said that he has come to express his gratitude.

Thinley also called on the President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and exchanged views on mutual and international issues.

He will also meet External Affairs Minster Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani.

Thinley, who arrived here on a four-day visit, yesterday met Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Tourism Minister Ambika Soni and held discussions, related to the hydropower and tourism sectors.

He also met Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Thinley is accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Affairs Minister Ugyen Tshering, Economic Affairs Minister Khandu Wangchuk and Finance Minister Wangdi Norbu. (ANI)

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