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Bhutan king visit

New Delhi, Sept. 13: King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk is arriving here tomorrow on a five-day official visit in what is yet another example of the close and strong relations the two countries traditionally enjoy.

During his stay here, the king will meet President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and senior leaders, including deputy Prime Minister .K. Advani and foreign minister Yashwant Sinha.

A meeting with finance minister Jaswant Singh and power minister Anant Geete is also on the cards.

Foreign minister Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk is part of the high-level delegation accompanying the king.

According to a statement issued by the foreign ministry, a memorandum of understanding will be signed by the two sides for preparation of a detailed report on the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project. It has been identified in India’s 10th Five-Year Plan and has the capacity to generate 870 MW of power.

India’s relations with Bhutan have been excellent and the two countries have been working with each other on all important issues of mutual benefit and concern.

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