PM meets Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister
Hon’ble Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley met with Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs, Mr Didier Reynders, at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang today.
Deputy Prime Minister Mr Didier Reynders arrived in the country yesterday on a four-day visit.
During the meeting, they discussed how the two nations have developed closer relationship. Bhutan and Belgium
established formal diplomatic
ties in January 2009. Lyonchhen said that the Deputy Prime Minister’s visit to Bhutan this week is historical and that this visit will certainly deepen the relationship between the two countries. He said that Bhutan and Belgium have always collaborated on several international forums and have been on the same side on most issues.
The two leaders spoke of, among others, Bhutan’s development philosophy and initiative to elaborate the new development paradigm based on sustainable wellbeing and happiness, and Bhutan’s aspiration for a non permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs, Mr Didier Reynders, also met with the Minister In-charge for Foreign Affairs, Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, today.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of his visit, Mr Didier Reynders will officially inaugurate the Belgium’s first Honorary Consulate in Bhutan. The Deputy Prime Minister will leave the country on August 8.