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Historic: Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk arrives on a 3-day visit to Assam

First Published: 3rd November, 2023 11:35 IST

The Bhutan King was accorded a warm welcome by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the LGBI airport in Guwahati

It was a historic and a momentous occasion as Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck landed in Guwahati this morning on a 3-day visit to Assam. What makes the visit more special is the fact that it is the first visit ever by a monarch of Bhutan to Assam.

Soon after landing at the LGBI aiport and given a warm welcome by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Bhutan King left for the revered Kamakhya temple and offered prayers at the holy shrine.

Among the several programmes lined up, Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk will interact with the Bhutanese students and nationals residing in Assam at the Assam Administrative Staff College.

It may be mentioned here that Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria will host a state dinner for the Royal today evening.

The Bhutan King will also visit the world famous Kaziranga National Park tomorrow. He will be leaving for New Delhi on November 5 where he will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This visit by the Bhutan King is historic and momentous and promises to pave way for an exemplary partnership between Bhutan and Assam and of course Bhutan and India.

The visit of the Bhutan King will provide an opportunity for both countries to review bilateral cooperation.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who welcomed King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangshuk at the airport in a post on X said, “On behalf of the people of Assam, I am elated to welcome His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan.

Under the guidance of our Hon’ble Prime Minister, we look forward to the strengthening of the special relationship between our two countries.”

Assam Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass said, “Extremely delighted to extend a warm Assam welcome to His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the monarch of Bhutan.
His visit strengthens our cherished friendship.”

Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu in a post on X said, “Join the people of Assam to proudly welcome the King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk. Indo-Bhutan relations have always been cordial and both countries see each other as trusted partners. May this visit take our relations to greater heights.”

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