- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck held a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on April 5 2023 to review bilateral cooperation and boost their relationship.
- Both countries focused on economic and development partnership, trade facilitation measures, cooperation in trade, connectivity, investment, energy, space, and startups during the meeting.
- India announced its support for Bhutan’s upcoming 13th five-year plan and pledged to extend additional standby credit facility and develop long-term sustainable arrangements for the export of agricultural commodities from Bhutan.
- Both countries are considering setting up the first Integrated Check Post along the India-Bhutan border near Jaigaon, which would be a historic first-ever rail link between India and Bhutan.
- Bhutanese King paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and President Droupadi Murmu during his three-day visit to India, accompanied by Bhutanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade Dr. Tandi Dorji and other senior officials.
- The visit of the Bhutanese King is expected to further strengthen the close and unique partnership between India and Bhutan. This was highlighted in a tweet by Dr. Jaishankar. Overall, the visit aimed at enhancing bilateral cooperation and ties between India and Bhutan.
Question : What is the purpose of setting up the first Integrated Check Post along the India-Bhutan border near Jaigaon?
a. To facilitate trade and connectivity between the two countries
b. To strengthen the socio-economic development of Bhutan
c. To ensure a steady supply of critical commodities like petroleum and coal
d. To enhance bilateral ties and boost the India-Bhutan partnership
Answer: a. To facilitate trade and connectivity between the two countries