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Bhutan King to pay State Visit to India from Dec 21-26

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk will pay a State Visit to India from December 21-26 on the invitation of President Pratibha Patil.

This will be the first visit of the King to a foreign country after his formal coronation in November, 2008. He had earlier visited India in February 27.

An official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said the visit would provide an opportunity to further consolidate the tradition of high-level exchange of views between the two countries.

During his stay here, King Jigme would meet President Patil. Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Leader of the Opposition Lal Krishna Advani, National Security Adviser M K Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will call on the King.

"Relations between India and Bhutan are characterised by profound friendship, deep understanding and trust. The visit of the King of Bhutan will contribute to further strengthening and expanding the close bilateral relations between the two countries," the statement added.

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