PM returns home with hopes

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Sept 10: Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley has said that his eight-day visit to Japan has confirmed good will relations between the two countries.

PM Thinley, who returned home yesterday, said that following his visit the two countries were able to strengthen and build linkages.

“I’ve come back with assured support and many opportunities”, added Thinley.

According to Thinley, he stressed on the greatest need for ambulances. “They’ve noted that,” said Thinley, who hoped that several ambulances and fire fighting engines may be forthcoming within this year.

During the eight-day visit to Japan, PM Thinley also met with the outgoing prime minister of Japan Taro Aso.

PM Thinley also expressed hope that the ratio of Japanese tourists to Bhutan would increase. He also said that an agreement would be signed between the government and JALPAK, which will formally recognise Bhutan as a high-end tourism destination.

PM Thinley had gone to Japan on the invitation of the junior chamber of commerce in Fukuoka district to speak on Gross National Happiness.

Meanwhile, a Buddhist group in Tokyo donated 400 bicycles and a non-government organisation AMDA donated a Japanese ambulance to Bhutan.