Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra landed in Bhutan yesterday, embarking on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening bilateral bridges with the newly instated leadership and reaffirming the enduring ties between the two nations.
Following the recent appointment of Bhutan’s new Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, Kwatra’s visit signifies India’s commitment to maintaining close ties with its northern neighbor. Meetings with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other key officials are on the agenda, providing a platform to discuss a range of topics, including:
- Development Partnership: India has been a staunch supporter of Bhutan’s development journey, providing assistance in areas like infrastructure, hydropower, and education. The visit is expected to witness the review of ongoing projects and explore new avenues for collaboration.
- Trade and Economic Cooperation: As close neighbors, both countries strive to boost bilateral trade and investment. Discussions on streamlining border trade, improving connectivity, and promoting economic exchange are likely to take center stage.
- Regional Security: Bhutan and India share a common interest in maintaining peace and stability in the region. Discussions on border management and regional security challenges are expected to be prioritized.
Kwatra’s visit extends beyond just India-Bhutan relations. It serves as an opportunity to explore avenues for regional cooperation and address shared challenges. With Bhutan assuming the Chairmanship of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) later this year, the visit offers a platform to discuss India’s priorities for the regional grouping and explore avenues for joint initiatives.
Kwatra’s visit signifies the enduring warmth and strategic alignment between the two nations. It opens a new chapter in their bilateral relations, fostering deeper engagement and paving the way for a future of increased cooperation and shared prosperity. The discussions during the visit are expected to set the stage for a dynamic partnership that benefits both countries and contributes to regional stability.