U.S Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake called on Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang, Wednesday.
The PM and the Assistant Secretary spoke of Bhutan’s development process and Thinley’s recent visits to the remote parts of the country to de-bottleneck some of the development projects, stated the Cabinet Secretariat.
They also spoke of food security and Bhutan’s goal to achieve cereal sufficiency, and the political developments in the country. Assistant Secretary Robert Blake said that one of the difficult tasks in the region was to have a responsible and a responsive government, according to the report.
It is said Blake also congratulated the government for the progress of development and for understanding the need to make themselves accountable in a responsible manner.
Assistant Secretary Robert Blake also extended collaboration in education to expand relations between the two nations: to attract more universities from the United States for the education city and for more Bhutanese to avail higher education in the universities in the U.S.
Assistant Secretary Robert Blake served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission in New Delhi, India from 2003 to 2006, as Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives from 2006 to mid-2009, and as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs from May 2009 to the present.
He returned to New Delhi yesterday.