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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