Lyonchhen meets the Ambassadors of Myanmar, Mongolia, Slovenia and Serbia.

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay met with the following Ambassadors yesterday evening at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang :

H.E. Mr. U Aung Khin Soe, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

H.E. Mr. Gonchig Ganbold, Ambassador of the Mongolian People’s Republic

H.E. Mr. Jozef Drofenik, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia

H.E. Mr. Vladimir Maric, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia

Lyonchhen extended warm welcome to each Ambassador and also congratulating them for presenting their credentials to His Majesty the King.

Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar:

Meeting H.E. Mr. U Aung Khin Soe, Lyonchhen congratulated Mr. Soe on being appointed as the first Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Bhutan.

Although diplomatic relation between Bhutan and Myanmar began in 2012, the two countries have been working together in the area of health since 1985. Lyonchhen expressed gratitude for sending doctors from Myanmar to work in Bhutan. A total of 71 doctors have worked in Bhutan. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay visited Myanmar in 2014, making it the first bilateral visit by the Head of the Government.

With the renewal of Air Transport Agreement between the two countries, the people of Bhutan and Myanmar will be able to visit one another’s country easily especially for pilgrimages. Lyonchhen and the Ambassador also discussed on the possibilities of working together and learning from each other in the field of hydropower and investments.

Both Lyonchhen and the Ambassador pointed out that Bhutan and Myanmar share lots of similarities especially in art and craft, culture and spiritual, and agreed to work together to strengthen the relationship.

H.E. Mr. Gonchig Ganbold, Ambassador of the Mongolian People’s Republic

H.E. Mr. Gonchig Ganbold is also the first Ambassador of the Mongolian People’s Republic to Bhutan.

Noting the similarities that exists between the two countries the Ambassador said that Bhutan and Mongolia said that it is not just the commonalities in terms of culture but also in terms of geography – both the courtiers are landlocked. And being the first Ambassador, he pledged to do his best to strengthen the ties between the countries.

Lyonchhen and Ambassador had discussed on the wide range of topics, some of which included discussion on United Nation’s Peace Keeping (UNPK), Livestock, Economy, Health and Democracy.

Health:            Lyonchhen thanked the government and people of Mongolia for allowing Bhutanese doctors to undergo higher studies in traditional medicines. As of date seven doctors have already been trained and two doctors are undergoing the study program.

Democracy:    Lyonchhen informed the Ambassador that Bhutan has a unique narrative. Our Kings forced democracy upon us, he said.

UNPK:             The Ambassador informed Lyonchhen that Mongolia is the highest contributor to UNPK and that they will be happy to share their lessons.  Accepting the support and guidance Lyonchhen informed the Ambassador that Bhutan is young in this area and said that more and more people need to participate in UNPK to ensure Peace and Rule of Law.

Lyonchhen also congratulated Mongolia for taking leadership and initiating

Think Tank for Least Developed Countries.  (LDCs)

H.E. Mr. Jozef Drofenik, Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia and H.E. Mr. Vladimir Maric, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia

Lyonchhen and Mr. Jozef Drofenik discussed environment, hydropower, tourism and farm tourist amongst many others. With H.E. Mr. Vladimir Maric, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, the discussion was on culture, agriculture and sports.

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