“Back to Delhi. This Bhutan trip will remain etched in my memory. It was a very satisfying & productive visit,” Modi wrote on microblogging site Twitter.

In Thimphu, the Prime Minister held talks with the Bhutanese leadership, addressed a joint session of Bhutan's Parliament and inaugurated the Supreme Court building.

“Addressed Bhutan's Parliament. When Bhutan moves ahead, India too feels like taking steps ahead to support Bhutan,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, said Bhutan has developed immense faith in democratic institutions in a short span of time.

“This is wonderful for Bhutan's development journey,” he added.

Modi further said, “Was happy to know about the large allocation for education in Bhutan's last budget. It shows commitment to well-being of future generations!”

“India plans to create an e-library network in Bhutan & we would double scholarships being given to students of Bhutan,” he added.

Bhutan visit extremely successful: Swaraj

India on Monday described as ‘extremely successful and entirely satisfying’ the Prime Minister’s visit to Bhutan and said it would strengthen Indo-Bhutan relations.

"This visit has been extremely successful and entirely satisfying. It has reinforced and .further strengthened Indo-Bhutan ties," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told mediapersons here.

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Swaraj said the Prime Minister interacted with all the three wings of the democracy in Bhutan - the executive, the judiciary and the legislature during the two-day trip.

Swaraj said India was ‘deeply, deeply’ moved by the hospitality extended to and the love and affection showered on Modi with the king ‘personally supervising all arrangements’.

The Prime Minister also reaffirmed all commitments made by the previous UPA government to Bhutan on various issues.

Major points of Indo-Bhutan joint statement

The two sides exchanged views and held discussions on bilateral relations and economic cooperation as well as cooperation in regional and multilateral forum.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the all-round socio-economic development achieved by Bhutan with the assistance and support of India. Modi reiterated the commitment of the Government of India to support Bhutan for the successful implementation of the 11th Five Year Plan.

Modi reassured Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of India's continued commitment to capacity building, especially in the education and IT sectors in Bhutan.

The two sides expressed satisfaction on the progress made in the hydropower sector and reiterated their commitment to achieving the 10,000 MW target.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction at completion of the Supreme Court building and the imminent commencement of the construction of the 600 MW Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project.

The Government of India conveyed its decision to exempt Bhutan from any ban or quantitative restrictions on exports of following items: Milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-basmati rice. The two sides agreed to further promote trade and investments between the two countries.

Modi announced doubling of Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship to Rs 20 million per year. India will also provide grant assistance for establishment of the digital section/ E-library in the National Library of Bhutan and in all 20 districts of Bhutan.

The two sides agreed to continue with their close coordination and cooperation on issues relating to national interests, and not allow each other's territory to be used for interests inimical to the other.


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