President Kovind appreciates Bhutan on Doklam solution

ANI | Updated: Nov 01, 2017 19:48 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 1 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday appreciated Bhutan's support in resolving the 73-day-old standoff on Doklam plateau.

President Kovind, who met Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, along with her son Gyalsey or the Crown Prince, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, said that that the two neighbouring countries share exemplary bilateral relations.

Welcoming the Bhutanese King and Queen to India, the President said that it is a privilege to welcome the King on the anniversary of his Coronation Day and thanked both of them for bringing the Royal Prince on his maiden visit to India.

He conveyed deep appreciation for the King of Bhutan's personal involvement and guidance and the support provided by Bhutan in addressing the recent situation in the Doklam area.

President Kovind added that the manner in which both India and Bhutan stood together to address the situation in the Doklam area is a clear testimony to our friendship.

"Our relations are unique and special. Our bilateral ties are based on utmost trust and understanding. We should do everything to make it a model of bilateral cooperation, which will be noted by others in the neighbourhood," he further said.

President Kovind complimented the King of Bhutan on the successful completion of the first decade of his reign and his vision for a stable, happy and prosperous Bhutan.

He stated that India is delighted to see the rapid progress made in Bhutan while simultaneously preserving its very special culture as well as protecting the environment.

Emphasising that India has been happy to share its knowledge, experience and resources with Bhutan, President Kovind said that the development cooperation between the two sides has been guided by the priorities set by the Government and people of Bhutan.

He also mentioned that thatsecurity concerns of India and Bhutan are indivisible and mutual.

The Bhutanese King Wangchuck, who arrived yesterday, on a four-day visit to India, earlier in the day met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. (ANI)