Prez leaves Bhutan after Bhutan King's coronation

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Paro, Nov 8 (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who had come here as a chief guest at the fifth King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck's coronation, today left after completing her visit.

Ms Patil, who was on a four-day visit on invitation of the Bhutan government, left the country after the three-day-long coronation ceremony.

She was given a warm and emotional send off. The President would reach New Delhi via Bagdogra.

She witnessed the sacred ceremony, which was deeply religious, symbolic and mystical, and open to only the members of the royal family, top religious leaders of the country.

Overwhelmed by the warm hospitality she received here, Ms Patil said the coronation ceremonies at Dzong were marked by solemnity and grace, while they were colourful and full of gaiety at other places.

Ms Patil attended two banquets given in her honour by the fourth and fifth Kings yesterday and today.

Earlier, showing a special gesture going beyond protocol, the fourth King Jigme Singhye Wangchuck along with his two princess, Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley and senior government officials were present at the Paro Airport when the President's flight landed. She was given a ceremonial welcome and inspected guard of honour.

On reaching Thimphu, the new King called on Ms Patil and interacted with her about his country's future and bilateral ties.

Showing Indo-Bhutanese longstanding friendship and solidarity, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka had also come to attend the historic occasion as guest of the royal family. They left Bhutan yesterday.

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