Following the presentation of Bhutan’s 7th Periodic Report to the CEDAW Committee at the UN Headquarters in New York, H.E. Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering, Minister for Foreign Affairs, visited Washington DC from 27 to 28 July 2009 to meet with senior US lawmakers and well-wishers of Bhutan. The visit was made in response to an invitation extended to Lyonpo by Congressional delegations visiting Bhutan. Lyonpo was accompanied by Ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk of the Permanent Mission of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York.
The Bhutanese Delegation led by Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering, Minister for Foreign Affairs, successfully presented its 7th Periodic Report to the Forty-fourth session of the Committee on the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 23rd July 2009.
H. E. Sonam Tobden Rabgye presented his credentials to His Majesty King Albert II, King of the Belgians, at Laeken Castle in Brussels on 14 July 2009.
Foreign Minister to lead Bhutanese delegation to 15th NAM Summit and to present Bhutan’s 7th Periodic Report to CEDAW
The Foreign Minister, Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering, will be leading the Bhutanese delegation to the 15th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that will be held in the Egyptian city of Sharm-El-Sheikh from 15th – 16th July 2009. He will be accompanied by senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The theme of the 15th Summit is on International Solidarity for Peace and Development. The Summit will also discuss the current global economic and financial crisis.
The Royal Thai Government has informed that all foreigners who apply for tourist visa (including medical treatment category) at the Royal Thai Embassies and Royal Thai Consulates-General worldwide will be exempted from tourist visa fees from 25 June to 4 March 2010. However, visa fees for Non-Immigrant and Transit visas are not exempted during the above period.