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Fiji, Bhutan Strengthen Ties

Fiji and Bhutan further strengthened their bilateral relations as Fiji’s High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Karan, presented his credentials to the King of Bhutan, Jigme K. Namgyel Wangchuck. The two
15 Jul 2015 13:37
Fiji, Bhutan Strengthen Ties
Fiji’s High Commissioner to India Yogesh J Karan presenting credentials to Jigme K. Namgyel Wangchuck, the fifth King of Bhutan as Fiji’s first non-resident High Commissioner to Bhutan.

Fiji and Bhutan further strengthened their bilateral relations as Fiji’s High Commissioner to India, Yogesh Karan, presented his credentials to the King of Bhutan, Jigme K. Namgyel Wangchuck.

The two countries formalised diplomatic relations on November 18, 2011.

The ceremony for the presentation of credentials was conducted after a motorcade which led to the Tashichho Dzong (the royal palace), a massive 17th Century white-walled fortress that serves both as administrative headquarters and a monastic centre, in Thimpu, Bhutan.

The official ceremony was an elaborate one where the country displayed its very unique tradition, with colours and traditionally-attired Bhutanese ceremonial dancers and monks playing ceremonial instruments.

King Wangchuck, in accepting Mr Karan as Fiji’s Ambassador to Bhutan, said both countries could work together to further strengthen their diplomatic relations. Bhutan has the distinction of being the world’s youngest democracy – having held parliamentary elections in 2013 for the first time ever.

Mr Karan conveyed Fiji’s message on behalf of the President and said Fiji was keen to work closely with Bhutan since the two countries have many similarities. King Wangchuck met Mr Karan after the official ceremony to discuss how to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship and co-operation between the two Asia-Pacific nations.

Mr Karan invited King Wangchuck to visit Fiji, which the King kindly accepted at time convenient.

Later, Mr Karan called on the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay to give a briefing on Fiji’s economic and political progress after the 2014 General Elections. Climate change and the possibility of Bhutanese students studying in Fiji were also discussed.

 



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