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India committed to good neighbourly relations says PM Narendra Modi

India TV News Desk 20 Jun 2014, 15:05:36 IST
India TV News Desk
Thimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is committed to good neighbourly relations. He provided an assurance to Bhutan that switch in India's government will in no way affect Indo – Bhutan ties. Modi, in his address to joint session of Bhutan's Parliament said, “India is committed to good relations with its neighbours.”

Narendra Modi is on his two – day visit to the Himalayan kingdom. On second day of his visit, Modi said that if India progresses, it would directly impact the development of its neighbours.

“Stability and development in India will help neighbours like Bhutan,” he said. Modi delivered his speech in Hindi.  

He praised Bhutan for the smooth transition from monarchy to democracy in a span of seven years which showed maturity in governance in that country.  

63-year-old Modi arrived here yesterday on his maiden foreign trip after assuming office last month.

Recalling India's historic ties with Bhutan, Modi said his government would work towards further strengthening the relations between the two neighbours.  Noting that terrorism divides and tourism unites, he said Bhutan has immense potential in the tourism sector. 

Modi said development of tourism does not require large investment but can yield substantial profit and even the poor can benefit from it.

Describing the Himalayas as a shared legacy of the two countries, he stressed on the need to develop the region and said India is planning to open a university for Himalayan studies.

He also thanked Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay for attending his swearing in ceremony in Delhi last month.  Modi had yesterday vowed to nurture bilateral relations which he described as “B4B - Bharat for Bhutan and Bhutan for Bharat” as he held wide-ranging talks with Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Tobgay. 

He had also inaugurated the Supreme Court complex built by India as part of the developmental cooperation.  During his talks, Modi had assured Bhutan's leadership that India is committed to its happiness and progress even though the government in Delhi has changed. 

Speaking at a banquet hosted by Bhutanese Prime Minister Tobgay here last night, he had said India and Bhutan are “made for each other” considering the “glorious” traditional linkages between the two countries.  Modi is accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh.