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Royal Bhutanese Consulate in Guwahati opens

Yeshi Gyaltshen, Guwahati
Feb 2, 2018

Prime Minsiter Dasho Tshering Tobgay today graced the inaugural of the Royal Bhutanese Consulate in Guwahati in India.

The Consulate Office was jointly inaugurated by Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence of the Bhutanese Prime Minister.

The Consulate Office is expected to help Bhutanese travelling to the state as pilgrims, students and for business.

Speaking at the event, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji shared that the opening of the consulate in Guwahati is being celebrated as a seminal event to mark 50 years of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Lyonpo also spoke on the relations between Bhutan and Assam, which he shared, dates back even further, to as far as the 13th century. The opening of the consulate, he added, would further strengthen the ties and friendship.

“The establishment of our consulate in Guwahati is a reflection of our desire to foster greater cooperation, not only with the people of Assam but also with those of other neighboring states for a shared future of harmony and prosperity,” Minsuter Damcho Dorji said.

“I am confident that this consulate will greatly contribute towards strengthening social, cultural and economic ties that are rooted in historical times.”

Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed that inaugurating the Royal Bhutanese Consulate was both a privilege and a welcome move. “This is indeed a welcome move, which will not only benefit Bhutanese tourists, pilgrims, students and businesses, but also strengthen friendship between the people of Assam and neighboring states and Bhutan,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.

“India is delighted to see the rapid progress that Bhutan continues to make while simultaneously preserving its cultural heritage as well as protecting the environment.”

There are currently over 30 Bhutanese students in Assam and hundreds of Bhutanese also visit the state for pilgrimage, business and medical purposes.

This is the second Bhutanese Consulate in India. The other is in Kolkata.

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