9:54 am: PM says India to invest in hydropower projects in Bhutan
The PM showed solidarity with Bhutan today, when addresses=d the Bhutanese parliament. "The Himalayas bring us together. We must be very proud of the Himalayas. It is our strength," he said. He also said that investing in Bhutan's hydroelectric projects will strengthen the economies of both nations
9:47 am: Delighted that in 2014 Budget, Bhutan devoted a lot of resources towards education
"When the nation provides teachers for educating its people, it strengthens the roots of the country," the PM said as he congratulated the Bhutanese government's focus on education. "Bhutan must get a chance for growth via knowledge and technology, and for that India has decided to set up an e-library network."
"I thought - all Himalayan states and Bhutan- can we not do a special sports meet on a regular basis. Sportsman spirit brings happiness," he added
9:37 am: Energy security key issue between India and Bhutan, says the PM
Thanking SAARC leaders for attending his swearing-in ceremony, the Prime Minister said, "Our hearts are always open (for good international relations). Any change in governance will not change that. India cannot help it's neighbours if we remain preoccupied with our problems."
The PM also said that he was honoured that SAARC leaders attended his swearing-in ceremony and explained why he chose Bhutan as the location of his first foreign visit. "After becoming PM I wanted to visit Bhutan as the first country, and not a powerful nation as is standard practice", he said.
9:25 am: Prime Minister addresses joint session of parliament in Bhutan
Addressing the join session of the Bhutanese parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the government and people of Bhutan. "I congratulate the political family of Bhutan for securing development, protection of traditions and environment. The smooth transition from political monarchy to democracy shows Bhutan's success," he said as he began speaking.
He also praised the efforts of the Bhutanese government for establishing a strong government founded on the principles of democracy. "Bhutan has established democracy among its people through education and democratic traditions. The relationship between India and Bhutan is historic and the new government is committed to making this even stronger," he said.
Complimenting the government further, Modi said, " The most important quality for maintaining democracy is self-reliance. Bhutan is working hard not only for the present but also for the happiness of further generations"
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Updated Date: Jun 16, 2014 10:04:33 IST