Guwahati, February 2: Royal Bhutanese Consulate was inaugurated in Guwahati seeking to strengthen North East and Bhutanese bond. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan Lyonpo Damcho Dorji on Friday jointly inaugurated the Royal Bhutanese Consulate.
CM Sonowal said that opening of the Consulate General’s Office will not only benefit Bhutanese and North Eastern tourists, pilgrims and students and businessmen but also strengthen friendship between people from Assam and neighbouring states and Bhutan.
Sharing his intense pleasure on inaugurating the Consulate General’s Office in Guwahati, CM Sonowal said he was happy that Bhutan has opened its Consulate in Guwahati this year which commemorates the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.
“We look forward to jointly celebrate our friendship with series of activities in India and Bhutan,” CM Sonowal said. CM Sonowal said that India and Bhutan share exemplary bilateral relations which are unique and special.
“The deep-rooted relation is evident from the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Bhutan to be his first foreign country visit after he assumed office in May 2014. Prime Minister Modi’s announcement of ‘Act East Policy’ has repositioned North East at the centre of India’s relations with ASEAN and BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) countries,” the Assam CM said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also commented that the historical and cultural linkages between Assam and Bhutan have made both the geographical entities their respective natural friends and partners.
Thanking Bhutanese Prime Minister Tobgay and Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji for announcing direct flight service between India-Bhutan and Singapore, Sonowal said that the move will propel inter-regional growth and connectivity in the backdrop of Act East Policy.
Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorjee while speaking on the occasion said that the inauguration of Bhutanese Consulate in Guwahati marks the collective commitment and unique desire of both Assam and Bhutan to strengthen socio, economic and cultural ties between the two entities.