Bhutanese Prime Minister Tobgay held talks with Modi on strategic cooperation

Bhutanese Prime Minister Tobgay held talks with Modi on strategic cooperation

New Delhi, July 7 (PTI): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay held talks, during which defense, security and strategic cooperation between the two neighboring countries were discussed. Tobgay, who arrived here on a three-day visit Thursday, met Modi at the Hyderabad House Friday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had called on Tobgay Thursday and discussed ways to deepen the bilateral cooperation.

In their talks, PM Modi and Tobgay likely discussed the situation at the Doklam tri-junction, the site of 73-day-long standoff between Indian and Chinese armies last year.

In February, Tobgay had visited Guwahati to participate in an investors’ summit on the sidelines of which he and PM Modi had held talks.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped construction of a road at the disputed Doklam tri-junction by the Chinese army.

Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off ended on August 28. China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the dispute in the area.