Assam Welcomes Bhutan’s King: Strengthening the Unique Relationship
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma expressed the deepening ties between India (Bharat) and Bhutan, emphasizing their unique relationship, as they eagerly prepare to welcome Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk on his first official visit to the state on Friday.
The chief minister spoke of the historical and enduring bond between the two nations, stating, “Bharat and Bhutan share a unique relationship which has strengthened with the passage of time. For centuries, knowledge and education have been central to this special bond.”
This visit by the Bhutanese King is expected to further enhance the friendship between the two countries, fostering stronger ties in the years to come. As Chief Minister Sarma stated, “tomorrow, we in Assam, eagerly look forward to welcome His Majesty, the King of Bhutan on his first official visit to our state.”
Royal Bhutan Ambassador Major General Vetsop Namgyel met with Chief Minister Sarma ahead of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk’s visit to Assam, underscoring the significance of this diplomatic exchange.
The King, who is 43 years old, will be accompanied by his Queen, Jetsun Pema, and their two sons during their private visit to Assam.
The royal itinerary includes a visit to the Kamakhya Hills, situated atop the Nilachal Hills, where they will partake in a cultural program organized by the Assam government and a dinner hosted by Governor Gulab Chand Kataria. On November four, the royal family will explore the renowned Kaziranga National Park, celebrated for its one-horned rhinos. In honor of their visit, Chief Minister Sarma will host a dinner on Saturday, making their stay memorable.
The King and his family are scheduled to return to Bhutan on November five, leaving behind a strengthened bond between Bharat and Bhutan, as well as cherished memories of their visit to Assam.