Minister of External Affairs Subramanyam Jaishankar’s first overseas visit will be to Bhutan. The MEA will embark on a two day visit on June 7th to the neighboring Bhutan in a bid to reinforce the friendship between the two countries.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Jaishankar will call on the Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and the foreign minister of Bhutan Tandi Dorji. He said “the visit is in keeping with the tradition that India attaches with bilateral relationship with Bhutan, a close friend and a neighbor.”

In 2007 India-Bhutan signed a Friendship treaty, agreeing to cooperate closely in matters relating to the interests of both the countries. The treaty entails neither of them will allow the use of its territory for activities harmful to the national security and interest.

India also bears the responsibility of protecting the landlocked country from any kind of external threats including Chinese Military. The treaty is meant to respect the sovereignty of Bhutan.



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