Adding a new dimension to Indo-Bhutan mutual ties
India and Bhutan being a close ally is now ready to begin a new chapter in their relationship. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's two day official visit from 16-17 to the nascent democratic country Bhutan, is sought to increase further economic cooperation of both the nations.
On the eve of his departure Dr Singh said, “We have traditionally enjoyed a unique relationship with Bhutan. It is a partnership rooted in close historical and cultural linkages between two friendly sovereign neighbours. Our relations are based on deep mutual trust and confidence.”
He said that this visit holds significance for both the countries specially the year 2008 marks the centenary of the Wangchuck dynasty and the installation of the first ever democratically elected government in Bhutan and also that this year is the 50th anniversary of India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty.
Describing India-Bhutan relationship as a model of inter State relations with free borders allowing free trades Prime Minister also talked of India's assistance to Bhutan's Five Year Plan in 1961.
Prime Minister visit will also mark India's desire to shape a relationship with Bhutan that is already based on strong and solid foundation.
Reportedly, Energy will remain the key factor of PM's visit who will lay foundation of 1095 MW Punatsangchhu electric Project and dedicate nation 1,020 MW Tala hydro-electric project, built with India’s assistance.
Manmohan Singh will address the joint session of Bhutan’s Parliament and will hold talks with the previous king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, and his son and the present monarch, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck as well as his Bhutanese counterpart, Jigme Thinley to discuss the various options of cooperation and development.
This visit will enhance mutual trust and understanding between the two countries. India has played a major role in the transition of monarchy to democracy in Bhutan by giving them training and other election related matter. India also helped Bhutan through electoral voting machine.
India is also assisting Bhutan in construction of roads and other facilities in the mountainous region to improve connectivity. Besides, India and Bhutan also share military cooperation.
Earlier in 2003-2004 Bhutan through Operation All Clear flushed out outlawed militant including the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) from its area; reportedly this act has strengthened the relationship of the two countries.
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