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Security of India, Bhutan interlinked, says President

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THIMPHU, Nov 7 � India today said Bhutan and its security is �intricately interlinked� and it is important for the two neighbours to be sensitive to each other�s concerns, as President Pranab Mukherjee held wide-ranging talks with the Bhutanese leadership, reports PTI.

Breaking protocol, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife received President Mukherjee at the Paro Airport as he arrived in Bhutan for a two-day visit, the first by an Indian head of state to the country in 26 years.

Mukherjee then travelled by road to Thimphu (about 50 km from the airport) as hundreds of school children were lined up along the way, holding Indian and Bhutanese flags.

Mukherjee was given a ceremonial guard of honour at Tashichhoedzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress which has traditionally been the seat of the head of Bhutan�s civil government located on the northern edge of Thimphu.

Later in the day, Mukherjee held talks with the King and then Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

�They covered an entire gamut of bilateral relations. The President noted that there is perfect understanding of each other�s concerns and sensitivities,� Press Secretary to the President Venu Rajamony said at a briefing after Mukherjee�s meeting with the King.

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Security of India, Bhutan interlinked, says President

THIMPHU, Nov 7 � India today said Bhutan and its security is �intricately interlinked� and it is important for the two neighbours to be sensitive to each other�s concerns, as President Pranab Mukherjee held wide-ranging talks with the Bhutanese leadership, reports PTI.

Breaking protocol, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife received President Mukherjee at the Paro Airport as he arrived in Bhutan for a two-day visit, the first by an Indian head of state to the country in 26 years.

Mukherjee then travelled by road to Thimphu (about 50 km from the airport) as hundreds of school children were lined up along the way, holding Indian and Bhutanese flags.

Mukherjee was given a ceremonial guard of honour at Tashichhoedzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress which has traditionally been the seat of the head of Bhutan�s civil government located on the northern edge of Thimphu.

Later in the day, Mukherjee held talks with the King and then Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

�They covered an entire gamut of bilateral relations. The President noted that there is perfect understanding of each other�s concerns and sensitivities,� Press Secretary to the President Venu Rajamony said at a briefing after Mukherjee�s meeting with the King.

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