Bhutan News Service

PM Thinley off to India

In a sign of deepening bilateral ties, Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley arrived in India Thursday on a three-day visit during which he will hold talks with the top leadership on hydro-electric projects among other issues, reports PTI.

Prime Minister Thinley being received in New Delhi(Picture courtesy: BBS)

The Prime Minister is being accompanied by Minister in-charge of Foreign Affairs Khandu Wangchuk, Foreign Secretary Yeshey Dorji and other officials, a statement of the Ministry of External Affairs said.

While in India, PM Thinley will call on the President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari. He will also meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, according to the Ministry.

“Among various bilateral and regional issues that are likely to be discussed, hydro-electric projects would be one of the main areas of focus.”

During recent visit of the Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, India had assured Bhutan that it will continue to finance the hydro-electric projects in that “very special” country despite 2012-13 “not” being the best year as far as its own budget was concerned, added PTI.

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