Paro, Bhutan, Aug 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Bhutan on a two day visit to the country. The PM was received at the airport by Bhutanese PM Lotay Tshering. He was accorded a Guard of Honour on his arrival at the International Airport here on Saturday in Bhutan. During his visit to Bhutan, the PM will hold talks with Bhutanese leaders to further deepen the bilateral ties between the two countries. People, who were lined up along the route from Paro to Thimphu, waved the Indian and Bhutanese flags, to welcome Prime Minister Modi.
On reaching at Taj Tashi in Thimphu, Mr Modi was also greeted by the Indian diaspora. People from all walks of life, especially the youth, welcomed the Prime Minister, showcasing the warm Bhutanese hospitality. His engagements on Saturday include launch of the RuPay card, release of stamps to commemorate five decades of India-Bhutan Hydropower Cooperation and also high level meetings. In a pre-departure statement on Friday here, the Prime Minister Modi said -
"I look forward to having fruitful discussions with the King, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Prime Minister of 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.' "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," he has said. This is Prime Minister's second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election. UNI