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Relations with India will continue to improve: Bhutanese PM

ANI | Updated: Feb 03, 2018 21:56 IST

Guwahati (Assam) [India], Feb. 03 (ANI): Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay on Saturday reiterated that relations between India and Bhutan have remained good and would continue to do so.

"Our countries have always enjoyed good relation throughout history. Since 1968, it has grown like never before into an exemplary friendship defined by mutual trust, understanding, and co-operation," Tobgay said while addressing at Advantage Assam-Global Investors Summit 2018.

He added that India was not a "big brother" to Bhutan and said that India was the older sibling and Bhutan was the younger sibling.

Tobgay stated that the warm and cordial relationship between the two countries was best defined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2Bs- "B" for Bharat and "B" for Bhutan.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi reached Guwahati and inaugurated the Advantage Assam-Global Investors Summit.

The two-day event will showcase the state's manufacturing opportunities and geostrategic advantages to foreign and domestic investors.

The summit has been organised by the Assam Government, in association with the industry body the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). It is aiming to position the state as India's expressway to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

The Bhutanese delegation, led by Tobgay arrived in Guwahati on February 1, to mark 50 years since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.

Tobgay called on Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who later hosted a dinner for the delegation. The Bhutanese Prime Minister met Arunachal Pradesh's Chief Minister, Pema Khandu.

Also, Bhutan became the second country after Bangladesh, when it opened its consulate office in Guwahati on Friday. (ANI)