Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal along with Bhutan minister for foreign affairs Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, inaugurated the Royal Bhutanese Consulate at a function held at Panjabari in Guwahati on Friday.

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“Opening of the Consulate General’s Office will benefit Bhutanese and Northeast tourists, pilgrims and students and businessmen and also strengthen friendship between people from Assam and neighbouring states and Bhutan,” Sonowal said.

Sharing his pleasure on inaugurating the Consulate General’s Office in Guwahati Sonowal also said, “I am particularly happy that Bhutan has opened its Consulate in Guwahati this year which commemorates the Golden Jubilee of establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan. We look forward to jointly celebrate our friendship with series of activities in India and Bhutan”.

Thanking Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay for accepting India’s invitation to attend the maiden Global Investors’ Summit ‘Advantage Assam’, Sonowal said that the Bhutanese prime minister’s yet another visit to the state after Namami Brahmaputra shows the importance of bilateral relations both Bhutan and Assam attach to their respective neighbours.

Thanking Prime Minister Tobgay and foreign minister Damcho Dorji for announcing direct flight service between India-Bhutan and Singapore, Sonowal said that the move will propel inter-regional growth and connectivity in the backdrop of Act East Policy.

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Damcho Dorjee, while speaking on the occasion, said that the inauguration of Bhutanese Consulate in Guwahati marks the collective commitment and unique desire of both Assam and Bhutan to strengthen socio, economic and cultural ties between the two entities.  He also said that Bhutan is keenly looking forward to deepen the bilateral relations and carry forward the mutual interests and people to people ties between India and Bhutan.

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