NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today reaffirmed India's "abiding" commitment to advance the special and privileged partnership with Bhutan, asserting that it was built on shared values and aspirations, utmost trust and mutual respect.
She was speaking at the Bhutan embassy here at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Indo-Bhutan diplomatic relations, coinciding with the birthday celebrations of the king of Bhutan.
Bhutanese Foreign Minister Lyonpo Damcho Dorji was also present at the function.
"We are proud of the special and exemplary ties of friendship and cooperation that we share with Bhutan, which are built on shared values and aspirations, utmost trust and mutual respect.
It is a unique partnership built on the historical and cultural linkages between the two countries," Swaraj said.
"Let me reaffirm, on behalf of the government and the people of India, our abiding commitment to nurture and advance our special and privileged partnership with Bhutan," she added.
The minister also noted that since the joint launch of the special commemorative logo last month in New Delhi and Thimphu, a number of events have already been held both in India and Bhutan, setting in motion befitting celebrations for the rest of the year.
She said the two sides also propose to organise 50 commemorative events and exchanges, cultural and sporting activities across different states in India and Bhutan that will truly epitomise their friendship.
Swaraj also welcomed the opening of the consulate of the Bhutan government in Guwahati in the golden jubilee year, saying it would further strengthen contacts and cooperation, for mutual benefit.