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India, Bhutan improving connectivity: Foreign Secretary

India-Bhutan relations are based on mutual understanding, goodwill and respect for each other’s interests, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale while delivering a lecture at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA)
Dec 6, 2018
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NEW DELHI: India-Bhutan relations are based on mutual understanding, goodwill and respect for each other’s interests, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale while delivering a lecture at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) here.
 
India is expected to commission a major hydropower project in Bhutan in the coming weeks, Gokhale said.
 
“This year we hope to commission the flagship 750-megawatt Mangdechhu hydropower project, hopefully this month itself, and we are also working on a number of ongoing and planned projects that will ensure our relationship in this sector continues in the future,” Gokhale said, assuring Bhutan of India’s commitment to work as the two countries celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties. 
 
Terming India-Bhutan relations “time-tested”, he said both the nations have vital stake in each other’s progress and pointed to the many strands of complementarity that both the nations share especially in terms of cultural linkages.
 
Focusing on the economic cooperation between both the countries, he said India and Bhutan are working on improving connectivity for better trade and economic relations. He added that space technology can be an area of cooperation.
 
He appreciated Bhutan for its focus on protection of the environment and sustainable development. “Bhutan has a unique development paradigm where culture and economic development go hand in hand,” he said.
 
He also praised Bhutan for strengthening its democracy.
 

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