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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Bhutan on two-day visit

File photo of Narendra Modi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 17, 2019, 09.17 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Bhutan on a two-day state visit.

Modi was received by his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering and others on his arrival at the Paro International Airport.

A child presented a bouquet to the Prime Minister as he stepped off the plane in Paro- a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu. 

Modi received a guard of honour at the airport. This is his second visit to Bhutan after he became prime minister.

Earlier PM Modi tweeted saying, ''In Bhutan, I look forward to having fruitful discussions with HM the King, HM the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and PM Bhutan on the entire gamut of our bilateral relations. I also look forward to addressing young Bhutanese students at the prestigious Royal University of Bhutan."

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India and Bhutan are expected to sign 10 Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) during the official engagement.

PM Modi in a pre-departure statement said that ''India-Bhutan partnership today is of a special character and substance and forms an important pillar of Government of India's 'Neighbourhood First' policy. I am confident that my visit will promote our time-tested and valued friendship with Bhutan and consolidate it further for the prosperous future and progress of the people of both our countries.''

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PM Modi added that his visit to Bhutan at the beginning of the current term reflects the high importance that the Government attaches to India's relations with the Himalayan nation.

On the second day of his visit, the Prime Minister is scheduled to visit the National Memorial Chorten.

He will also be attending a cultural performance at Tashichhodzong - a Buddhist monastery - hosted in honour of the visiting leader.