Furthering India’s “neighborhood first” policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bhutan on August 17-18.
This would be Modi’s first trip since the Doklam tri-junction military face-off in 2017 which led to heightened tensions between India and China after the Chinese troops intruded into a disputed territory between China and Bhutan.
While no official announcement has been made by New Delhi, Bhutan’s prime minister Dr Lotay Tshering confirmed this at a ‘meet the press’ event on Friday, according to a local newspaper report in Bhutan.
The two sides would be signing some important Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) during PM Modi’s visit.
“The itinerary is not yet confirmed but there are four to five memoranda of understanding to be signed and few major projects to be declared. We are working on the details but it keeps changing,” said Dr Tshering.
Bhutan was the first country PM Narendra Modi visited after taking office in 2014, emphasising the importance of this Himalayan nation in India’s foreign policy.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar chose Bhutan as his first country to visit after taking oath in May.