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Bhutan Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay met President Ram Nath Kovind here on Friday. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tobgay held delegation-level talks at the Hyderabad House. Tobgay, who arrived on a three-day visit to India on Thursday, met External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj. "Exceptional, time-tested and everlasting relationship! EAM @SushmaSwaraj called on Prime Minister of #Bhutan @tsheringtobgay. Warm discussions on taking the relationship to new heights during the Golden Jubilee Year of establishment of diplomatic relations," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted on Thursday. According to a Ministry release, India and Bhutan enjoy unique ties of friendship and cooperation, which are characterised by utmost trust and mutual understanding.
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This year, the two countries are commemorating the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations. "The upcoming visit of Prime Minister Tobgay, during the Golden Jubilee year, will provide an opportunity to both the sides to hold discussions on issues of mutual interest, and advancing the exemplary ties of friendship for the benefit of the two peoples," the MEA statement further read. It is to be mentioned that India and China faced a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam, from June 16 last year.
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This came after the Indian side stopped the Chinese from constructing a road illegally at the disputed Doklam tri-junction (as claimed by India and Bhutan). Likewise, Bhutan and China had a dispute over Doklam, following which talks are being held to arrive at a solution.