New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is committed to good neighbourly relations and assured Bhutan that change in government will not alter the dynamics of Indo-Bhutan ties.
“India is committed to good relations with its neighbours,” Modi said in his address to joint session of Bhutan's Parliament here.
On second day of his two-day visit to the Himalayan country, Modi said if India progresses, it will directly impact the development of its neighbours.
“Stability and development in India will help neighbours like Bhutan,” he said in his speech in Hindi.
He also lauded Bhutan for the smooth transition from monarchy to democracy in a span of seven years which showed maturity in governance in that country.
63-year-old Modi arrived here yesterday on his first foreign trip after assuming office last month.
Here are Live updates:
10:09 am: If India progresses, it will directly impact the development of neighbours: Modi
10:07 am: Smooth transition from monarchy to democracy shows maturity in governance in Bhutan: Modi
10:05 am: The Himalayas bring us together. We must be very proud of the Himalayas. It is our strength: PM Narendra Modi
10:00 am: Can our satellite technology and space technology help Bhutan better? Our scientists should think about this: PM Narendra Modi
9:59 am: Bhutan has rich potential for tourism to grow: Narendra Modi
9:56 am: Encouraging tourism between India and Bhutan, Narendra Modi says 'Terrorism divides, tourism unites'.
9:54 am: Can our satellite technology and space technology help Bhutan better? Our scientists should think about this: Narendra Modi
9:49 am: India's investment in Bhutan hydel project will help the economies of both the countries: Narendra Modi
9:47 am: If you walk a few steps ahead we too feel like walking those steps ahead and supporting you: Narendra Modi
9:47 am: Bhutan has shown way forward to India in furthening universal education: Narendra Modi
9:44 am: Hydro-power cooperation between India and Bhutan is part of our collective effort to tackle global warming: Narendra Modi
9:43 am: I am delighted that in 2014 Budget, Bhutan has devoted a lot of resources towards education. They are looking at future generations: Narendra Modi
9:42 am: I chose to visit Bhutan as my first trip abroad over some other powerful nation: Narendra Modi
9:37 am: India-Bhutan relations are bound by rich cultural traditions: Narendra Modi
9:36 am: Close India and Bhutan relations transcend changes in governments: Narendra Modi
9:33 am: India cannot take care of neighbours if it is preoccupied with its problems: Narendra Modi
9:31 am: Bhutan will benefit from strong, prosperous India: Narendra Modi
9:30 am: Indian voters have provided the BJP an opportunity to serve the country, it's mandate for good governance: Narendra Modi
9:29 am: The smooth transition from monarchy to democracy shows the political maturity in Bhutan: Narendra Modi
9:28 am: Bhutan's transition into democracy is an example of people's awareness: Narendra Modi
9:26 am: I commend the way Bhutan has transitioned into a democracy in seven years: Narendra Modi
9:25 am: Energy security is a key issue in the coming decade: Narendra Modi
9:24 am: It's commendable the way Bhutan royal family has protected the rights of its ordinary citizens: Narendra Modi
9:22 am: I feel privileged to address Bhutan Parliament: Narendra Modi
9:21 am: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses joint session of Bhutan Parliament