Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley met with the Heads of State or Government from five SAARC countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan – who arrived in the Kingdom today to attend the 16th SAARC summit which commences tomorrow.
His Excellency Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister In Charge of Foreign Affairs met with Mr. Wang Guangya, Executive Vice Minister, People’s Republic of China and Mr. Yong-joon Lee, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea respectively this evening.
The Foreign Minister of Pakistan calls on Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Mr. Makhdoom Shah Qureshi, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, called on Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs on 26 April 2010.
Mr. Qureshi felicitated Bhutan for the recent transition to parliamentary democracy and said the voluntary embracement of parliamentary democracy was a landmark decision that brought respect from the international community for Bhutan’s leadership. Read more
The Foreign Minister of Maldives calls on Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs
H.E. Dr. Ahmeed Shaheed, Foreign Minister of Maldives, called on Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs on 26 April 2010.
Dr. Ahmeed Shaheed said that Climate Change was the most appropriate theme for the Summit and the SAARC member countries should form a strategic partnership to combat the negative effects of climate change. He mentioned that the President of Maldives was looking forward to discussing an Asian Climate Initiative. Read more
The Prime Minister of Bhutan, H.E. Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, called on H.E. Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka met with this afternoon at the Sri Lanka House, Thimphu. President Rajapaksa felicitated the Bhutanese Government for the excellent preparations made for the 16th SAARC Summit, which coincides with the silver jubilee of SAARC being established and expressed his keenness to provide a people centric orientation to the future activities of SAARC as a means of improving people to people relationships. Read more
Establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
The Kingdom of Bhutan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, wishing to strengthen and develop mutually beneficial relations between their countries and peoples have established formal diplomatic relations with effect from 20 April 2010. The Joint Communiqué on the establishment of diplomatic relations was signed between H.E. Mr. Lhatu Wangchuk, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bhutan to the United Nations in New York, Read more
1. The XVIth SAARC Summit (28-29th April 2010) will be attended by the Heads of State and Government of all 8 Member States of the Association. The Summit will also be attended by High Level dignitaries representing 9 Observer States. Read more
1. The SAARC Village, which will accommodate the Heads of State and Government of SAARC Member States during the Summit was consecrated today with a Ramney ceremony performed by His Holiness Gyelsey Trilku Tenzin Rabgye Rinpoche, in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, and attended by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley, Cabinet Ministers, Read more
1. The Hon’ble Foreign Minister, Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering, has been on leave since 1st April 2010 on personal health grounds, and will be out of the country for medical treatment. Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Hon’ble Minister for Economic Affairs, is serving as Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs in the interim. Read more