On August 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Bhutan for a 2-day visit during which the two strategic allies will explore initiatives to further strengthen and diversify bilateral partnership, said the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday.

It claims that the Prime Minister of India’s visit to the country most “trusted friend” is reflecting its high-priority, which it has attached to its relations with the neighbouring nation. 

After assuming the charges of office as the Prime Minister of India in 2014, Bhutan was the first nation, where PM Modi had paid visit. 

The Ministry of External Affairs said that “Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan, very early in his second term, is in line with government of India’s continued emphasis on its ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’.”

During his 2-day visit, PM Modi will hold talks with Bhutan Prime Minister Totay Tshering and is likely to get an audience with the  King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. 

Bhutan has always been a strategic ally of India. Hence, bilateral ties between the two nations have been on an upswing in the past few years.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has visited Bhutan in June, which was his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the Foreign Ministry.

The visit offered an opportunity to both sides to discuss ways to further expand and diversify the bilateral partnership, including hydropower cooperation, economic & development cooperation, and people-to-people-ties, said the MEA.

In their discussion, PM Tshering and PM Modi are likely to share their individual views over regional and other issues-related to mutual interest. 

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