Opposition Leader Pema Gyamtsho (PhD) called on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hotel Taj Tashi in Thimphu yesterday.
The two leaders discussed various issues of mutual interest ranging from renewable energy, environmental conservation and tourism to thriving bilateral relations and cooperation between the two nations.
Pema Gyamtsho said that India’s leadership was crucial for the protection and conservation of iconic species like tiger and snow leopard and iconic landscape like the Himalayas. He also emphasised that irrespective of whichever political party came to power in Bhutan, the special relationship with India would always remain the cornerstone of Bhutan’s foreign policy.
He said that Bhutan as a small country challenged by geographical, topographical, and economic limitations, would always like to see that the rules of engagements did not seek equal reciprocity both in scale and scope, and added that India always recognised and appreciated the special needs of Bhutan and requested the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue with this special consideration.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that India would always remain a true and trusted friend for Bhutan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the opposition party, led by an able and experienced politician like Pema Gyamtsho, augured well for Bhutan’s democracy and invited opposition leader to lead a delegation of parliamentarians to India.
Pema Gyamtsho congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his decisive electoral victory and for assuming office for his second term.
“India, as the largest democracy needs a farsighted and strong leader like you. Your leadership is good for the region and the world beyond for tackling current challenges such as climate change-induced disasters and depletion of natural resources, among others,” said Pema Gyamtsho.