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Modi, Tshering sign 10 MoUs


Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering on his arrival at Paro International Airport on Saturday. – PTI
 THIMPHU, Aug 17 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering held wide ranging talks on Saturday during which they discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors as the two nations signed 10 MoUs to infuse new energy in their ties.

“We had a comprehensive meeting, where we deliberated on the relations between India and Bhutan. There is great scope to further improve economic and cultural ties between our nations,” Prime Minister Modi said.

Modi, who is here on his second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May this year, inaugurated the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power plant and also launched stamps to commemorate five decades of India-Bhutan hydropower cooperation.

The two countries also signed 10 memorandum of understandings in the field of space research, aviation, IT, power and education after delegation-level talks between Modi with his Bhutanese counterpart at the historic Simtokha Dzong.

Modi also launched RuPay card in Bhutan by making a purchase at Simtokha Dzong, which functions as a monastic and administrative centre and is one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan. – PTI

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