Thimpu, Aug 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who embarked on a two-day visit to Bhutan on Saturday, said it is an 'honour for us' that India is a part of the development process in the Himalayan kingdom.
"Who will not want a friend and a neighbour like Bhutan. It is an honour for us that India is a part of the development of Bhutan," the Prime Minister said after inaugurating RuPay card and other projects in presence of his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering.
"Our contribution in the five-year schemes of Bhutan will continue in the future as well,' he said, adding, 'Bhutan has a special place in the hearts of 130 crore Indians. I am very happy that I have come to Bhutan soon after the beginning of my second term," Modi said.
"A deep-rooted spiritual connect," said a tweet from Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Both the leaders spent time with monks at the Semtokha Dzong.
An MoU between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Department of Information Technology and Telecom of Bhutan on the establishment of SATCOM Network for the utilisation of South Asia Satellite was signed.
According to MEA sources, there were also pacts between the Royal University of Bhutan and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, National Institute of Technology, Silchar in Assam and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
There was also a MoU between the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU), Ministry of Information and Communications, Royal Government of Bhutan, and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Civil Aviation.(UNI)