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New Delhi: 4,500 cr AID to Butan

New Delhi: 4,500 cr AID to Butan
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New Delhi: 4,500 cr AID to Butan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and the two discussed an entire gamut of ties to cement the \"unique and special\" bilateral relationship.

  • Assistance covers areas from infra and info and communication tech tohealth, agri, human resource development, tourism
  • Bhutan was a "natural choice" as his first foreign destination because of the "unique and special relationship —Narendra Modi


New Delhi/Thimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and the two discussed an entire gamut of ties to cement the "unique and special" bilateral relationship.

During the meeting that lasted for about an hour, Prime Minister Modi invited the Bhutanese King and his wife Jetsun Pema to visit India.

Meanwhile, India's assistance package to Bhutan includes Rs 4,500 crore for the country's 11th Five Year Plan from 2013-18 and covers areas from infrastructure and information and communication technology to health, agriculture, human resource development and tourism.

Bilateral trade amounted to Rs 6,830 crore in 2012 and education, media and tourism sectors hold good potential for enhanced cooperation in future.

Modi assured Bhutan that India is committed to its happiness and progress even though the government in Delhi has changed as he specified areas like peace, security, development and tourism for focus of pushing bilateral ties.

Speaking at a banquet hosted by Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay here, he said India and Bhutan are "made for each other" considering the "glorious" traditional linkages between the two countries.

"I said a while back B for B (Bharat for Bhutan and Bhutan for Bharat), I said it just like that but later I realised that it must be a sign from God that I said this," Modi said. "The colour of our passports may be different but our thinking is the same...India stands committed to Bhutan's happiness and progress," asserted the Prime Minister, who chose this country as his first foreign destination to send out a signal about special treatment for it. Meanwhile, a chef from Gujarat Bhawan in New Delhi has specially travelled to Bhutan to cook dishes for visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is known to mostly eat home-cooked food. The cook has been in Bhutan since almost a week as Modi is known for not having food outside, including hotel food.

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