President Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to visit tiny northern neighbor and India’s special ally, Kingdom of Bhutan, November 7-9 on the invitation of HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk.
This state visit by the Indian head of state in 26 years aims to boost the “unique” and “special” relations with Bhutan, according the Economic Times.
The 13th President of India’s visit came nearly five months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bhutan soon after assuming the office.
During the visit, the President will meet with Prime Miniter Tshering Tobgay, receive audience with the fourth king and hold talks with HM King Jigme Khesar. President Mukherjee also will inaugurate some projects funded by Indian government like Jigme Wangchuk power training institute in Sarpang(Sarbhang) and Yelchen Central School in Pemagatshel, with launching of double lane construction of east-west road.
According to BBS, the President will also sign four MoU: between the Royal University of Bhutan and English and Foreign Language university, Hyderabad and National Innovation Foundation and between Royal Civil Service Commission and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Indian assistance to Bhutan for the 11the Five year plan amounts to IRs 4500 crore in the areas like infrastructure and information communications technology, health, human resource development and tourism.
The delegation includes other Indian officials like Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, four Mps, secretary to the president Omita Paul and joint secretary Abhay Thakur.