Narendra Modi: Relationship between India and Bhutan is historic

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Narendra Modi addresses Bhutanese Parl
Thimpu, June 16: Speaking in crisp and fluent Hindi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the joint session at the Bhutan Parliament congratulating the political family of Bhutan.

Speaking at the session he said: "I congratulate the political family of Bhutan for securing development, protection of traditions and environment." Modi said Bhutan has established democracy among its people through education and democratic traditions.

"The most important quality for maintaing democracy is self-reliance. I feel fortunate to address the Bhutanese Parliament," he said.

Hailing the bilateral relations between the two countries, Modi said that 'as much as India will prosper, Bhutan will also prosper.' Speaking about strengthening relations between the two countries, Modi said that the new government was committed to make this relationship even stronger.

Modi: I feel fortunate to address the Bhutanese Parliament

"The smooth transition from political monarchy to democracy shows Bhutan's success. Our hearts are always open for friendly relations with neigbours. A change in governance will not change that," he said.

Praising Bhutan for its efforts in the education sector, Modi said 'I am very happy that Bhutan spends a good amount of its budget on education'.

"We need to take steps to contribute to protecting the world from global warming. We have decided to form an E-library network for Bhutan. BJP has got an opportunity to serve the nation after a historic mandate," Modi said.

Modi said that India-Bhutan relations are bound by rich cultural traditions and that sharing the cultures and traditions will be beneficial for the youth.

Proposing some new ideas Modi said: "Can all Himalayan states and Bhutan do a special sports meet on a regular basis? Our scientists should think about whether our satellite and space technology can benefit Bhutan."

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