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Amid concerns over the statement on the Doklam dispute, PM Modi discussed with the King of Bhutan

PM Modi held talks with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck today (file photo).

New Delhi :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday discussed with Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck ways to strengthen bilateral ties in various fields, including economic cooperation. effect on Thimphu Bhutan’s King began his two-day visit to India on Monday amid some concerns in New Delhi about China’s efforts to increase

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on the Doklam dispute Bhutan Some recent comments by Prime Minister Lotay Tshering were seen as the neighboring country moving closer to China, although Bhutan said there was no change in its position on the border dispute. According to the information received Modi and Wangchuk focused on ways to expand bilateral ties.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar received the King of Bhutan at the Delhi airport on Monday. This shows the importance given by New Delhi to this visit of the King of Bhutan. Jaishankar had met the Bhutan King on Monday evening and said that the King’s vision for the future of Bhutan and strengthening the unique partnership with India is appreciated.

Bhutan is a strategically important country for India and the defense and security ties between the two sides have expanded significantly over the years.

Strategic ties have witnessed an upswing in the last few years in the backdrop of the 73-day standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam in 2017. The Doklam Plateau is considered an important area in terms of India’s strategic interest.

The standoff at the Doklam tri-junction began in 2017 when China tried to extend the road into an area that Bhutan claimed belonged to it. India strongly opposed the construction as it would affect its overall security interests. The standoff between India and China was resolved after several rounds of talks.

In October 2021, Bhutan and China signed an agreement on a “three-stage action plan” to accelerate talks to resolve their border dispute. Bhutan shares a border of over 400 km with China and the two countries have held over 24 rounds of border talks to resolve the dispute.

In a recent interview, the Prime Minister of Bhutan had said that China also has an equal role in resolving the border dispute in Doklam. India has consistently been Bhutan’s top trading partner and remains a major source of investment in Bhutan.

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