Speaking on the occasion, Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on the second successful democratic elections held in Bhutan in July last year.

The President said that India-Bhutan relations are based on shared strategic perceptions, utmost trust, goodwill, transparency and sensitivity to each other’s concerns and vital interests.

“The Government and people of India attach the highest priority to relations with Bhutan. It would be India’s endeavour to further strengthen these ties in a spirit of partnership for mutual benefit,” the President said.

“The Government of India has always been happy to contribute to Bhutan’s socio-economic progress by sharing its knowledge and experience with Bhutan. India would like to reassure Bhutan of its continued commitment to capacity building in Bhutan,” he said.

Responding to the President, the King of Bhutan said that India is like a home away from home for him.

“Bhutan and India have common security interests. It is grateful for the generous assistance extended by India for its economic development,” Wangchuck said.

He said that India is crucial to Bhutan’s plans for the future.

(Agencies)

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