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Narendra Modi in Bhutan's Parliament: India committed toward a stronger relations with Bhutan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a 2-day trip to Himalayan nation Bhutan, addressed the Bhutanese Parliament today. Modi started his conversation by congratulating Bhutan's political family for securing development, protection of traditions and environment.
Narendra Modi said that the relationship between India and Bhutan is historic and the new government is committed to make this even stronger.

He emphasized on the strength of democracy and said, as reported by India Today, “Strength of a democracy is very important for that region and its people. The stronger India will be, the better it is for Bhutan and other SAARC nations. A strong and stable India is needed to make sure that we can help our neighbours with their problems.”

The Indian Prime Minister also extended the helping hand to Bhutan further saying that, India will help Bhutan in science and technology field. And also proposed for a sports meet of all Himalayan states and Bhutan.

Narendra Modi reached Bhutan on Sunday, on his first foreign visit. During his 2-day tour to Bhutan, Modi will lay the foundation of a 600MW power station and will inaugurate the Parliament's building constructed by India.

Bhutan's PM said that both the countries needs to strengthen their relations. “We are extremely honored and humble on his choice and it is also significant in the sense that he has invited all the SAARC member's head of govt in his swearing-in ceremony.”

He also added, “As far as I am being concerned he (Modi) is very important to us not as member of SAARC but as being a very close friend and neighbour i.e. India. India has been by our side for the last 5 or 6 years and it is Indian support and Indian generosity we are able to achieve tremendous progress socially, economically and even politically.”

The trip by Modi is an attempt to assert the country's influence in south Asia where China is steadily making inroads.

Back in India, political parties appreciated Modi's maiden trip to Bhutan. Manoj Jha, a JDU leader a supported this visit while saying that it was a very matured move by Modi.

Subramanyan Swamy, a BJP leader said, “Bhutan is one country which always stood with us and in every forum it is always sided with India. Despite so many attempts by foreign powers to try and see weather they can move them away it did not happen.”


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