Japan eying for its embassy in Bhutan

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Japan has decided to open an embassy in Bhutan, possibly in 2014, following a request last year from the Himalayan country’s king, diplomats said.

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The request was made when King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema visited Japan in November, just a month after they were wed, to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, online edition of The Japan Times (TJT) reports, Sunday.

The Foreign Ministry has determined that it is necessary to establish an embassy in Bhutan to help the country, which is strategically situated between India and China, promote its democratization process through economic cooperation, according to the report.

“Many officials at the ministry also believe that setting up an embassy in the capital, Thimphu, would be effective in countering China’s influence in the region. The ministry wants to have the new embassy up and running by 2014, although budgetary constraints could make this difficult.”

At present, only India, Bangladesh and Kuwait have embassies in the country, and the Japanese Embassy in India is currently accredited to Bhutan, according to the Foreign Ministry.