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PM Modi reaches Bhutan, receives guard of honour

rime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Bhutan for a two-day visit to the country. PM Modi was received by his Bhutanese counterpart Dr Lotay Tshering and others on his arrival at the Paro International Airport.

A child presented a bouquet to the prime minister as he stepped off the plane in Paro- a valley town in Bhutan, west of the capital, Thimphu.

Tshering tweeted later that he was touched to see Modi “acknowledging and responding to all the students, teachers and villagers greeting him on his way to Thimphu”. Tshering added, “This reinforces the fact that he is very down-to-earth and real. His affection for children is clear and visible.”

This is PM Modi’s second visit to the Himalayan nation and first since his re-election as Prime Minister.

In his departure statement, the prime minister said on Friday that India-Bhutan partnership forms an important pillar of New Delhi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and expressed confidence that his two-day trip will promote the time-tested ties between the two countries.

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