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PHOTOS: Modi in the land of happiness

June 16, 2014 20:01 IST

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to the country from Bhutan, concluding his first foreign trip after assuming office last month.

We present some photographs of Modi in the picturesque Himalayan country.

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Image: Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema greet PM Narendra Modi at the Dzong in Paro
Photographs: Courtesy: Bhutan King's Facebook page

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He was given a warm send off by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and several of his Cabinet colleagues at the Paro airport.

During his two-day visit, Modi called on Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and held talks with Prime Minister Tobgay.

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Image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting children who lined up waving flags to wish him goodbye along the road to the airport, in Thimphu
Photographs: Courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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He also addressed the joint session of the Parliament.

Wrapping up his visit, Modi declared India's commitment to good neighbourly relations and sent out a clear message that a "strong and prosperous" India can help smaller countries in the region.

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Image: Traditional Bhutanese dancers showcase their skills at a ceremony to welcome PM Narendra Modi on Monday
Photographs: Courtesy: Bhutan King's Facebook page

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Modi assured the Himalayan country that all the commitments made by earlier governments would be implemented by his government.

He said that change in government will not alter the dynamics of Indo-Bhutan ties, as he vowed to further deepen the relationship through certain new proposals like organising joint sports events between Bhutan and India's northeastern states and setting up a Himalaya University for joint research.

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Image: Traditional chhadri and Bhutan and India flags adorn the roads to welcome Narendra Modi to Bhutan.
Photographs: Courtesy: Bhutan King's Facebook page

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The fact that the Prime Minister chose Bhutan as his first foreign destination assumes significance since China has lately intensified efforts to woo it and establish full-fledged diplomatic ties with Thimphu.

 


Image: Bhutan's King, Fourth Druk Gyalpo and PM Modi exchange final farewells on Monday.
Photographs: Courtesy: Bhutan King's Facebook page

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