President of India appreciates the role of Bhutan and specially the Druk King in the Doklam issue
During his meeting with the Royal family of Bhutan, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind stated that security concerns of India and Bhutan are indivisible and mutual. The President conveyed deep appreciation for the King of Bhutan's personal involvement and guidance and support provided by Bhutan in addressing the recent situation in the Doklam area.
The Royal family of Bhutan had called on the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday.
The President expressing appreciation in Bhutan's role stated that the manner in which both India and Bhutan stood together to address the Doklam crisis is a clear testimony of the friendship between the two countries.
Incidentally India and China were locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector since June 16. The stand-off ended on August 28. Doklam is a tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan.
The day also marked the anniversary of the Coronation Day of King Jigme Keshar Wangchuk.
President Ram Nath Kovind complimented the Druk King on the successful completion of the virst decade of his reign and his vision for a stable, happy and prosperous Bhutan.
The President stated that India is delighted to see the rapid progress made by Bhutan while preserving its unique culture as well as protecting the environment.
India is happy to share her knowledge, experiences and resources with Bhutan stated President Kovind. The cooperation and development is guided by the priorities set by the Government and people of Bhutan remarked the President.
The President stated that India and Bhutan share exemplary bilateral relations. "Our relations are unique and special. Our bilateral ties are based on utmost trust and understanding. We should do everything to make it a model of bilateral cooperation, of which our neighbours will take note" remarked the President.
Incidentally Sushma Swaraj the Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs had met the King in the morning. The King is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 7:30pm on Wednesday.
On Thursday at 9am Finance Minister of India Arun Jailtley will be calling on the King followed by Inidan Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman at 10:30am. At 11:30 am Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will be calling on the King.
On Friday the Royal family will be returning to Bhutan. Diplomatic commentators are attaching great importance to this visit, specially after the standoff between India and China over the Doklam issue.
Defence, Foreign Affairs and GST are the three areas of discussion that are expected to find prominence in the meets.