Post-Doklam, India, Bhutan Hold Bilateral Development Talks

Post-Doklam, India, Bhutan Hold Bilateral Development Talks

Months after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged after a standoff situation on the Doklamplateau of Bhutan, India and the Himalayan kingdom held the annual bilateral development cooperation talks here.

Terming the talks an important bilateral mechanism to review the entire gamut of India’s development partnership with Bhutan, the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that India has committed assistance of Rs 4,500 crore for implementation of development projects during Bhutan’s 11th Five Year Plan that ends next year.

The Indian delegation in the talks was led by Vijay Gokhale, Secretary, Economic Relations, in the Ministry of External Affairs, while the Bhutanese delegation was led by the country’s Foreign Secretary Dasho Sonam Tshong.

There are a number of institutional mechanisms between India and Bhutan in areas such as security, border management, trade, transit, economic, hydro-power, development cooperation and water resources. Read More…

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