BY SHRI K.R.NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, WHILE ACCEPTING CREDENTIALS FROM MR. DAGO
TSHERING, AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE OF BHUTAN TO INDIA
NEW DELHI, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1998
It gives me great pleasure
to welcome you as Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan to India. Your
long association with India in various capacities has undoubtedly contributed
to the furthering of the extremely close relations between our two countries.
I fully reciprocate and
endorse your view that our bilateral relations are exemplary and have stood
the test of time. The bonds of friendship between our two countries are
based on trust, mutual understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation.
As both our countries approach the new millennium, I am confident that the
unique ties of tradition, proximity and culture that bind our two peoples
and countries together will become ever stronger.
Your Excellency, we in
India look forward to the privilege of welcoming His Majesty, The King of
Bhutan on his forthcoming visit to India. Under the able leadership and
inspiration of His Majesty, Bhutan has made significant progress in all
areas of political, social and economic development. His Majesty's efforts
to cater to the well being and security of his people have earned him great
respect and popularity not only among his own people but in India as well.
India always considered
it a special honour to be a partner in the overall economic development
of Bhutan, particularly in sectors like industry, infrastructure, communications,
education, training and development of human resources. We hope to further
this commitment in the years ahead.
Excellency, I wish to
reiterate my happiness at your appointment as your country's Ambassador
to India and wish to assure you that the Government of India will provide
all the necessary support to you in your efforts to further the close ties
of friendship and cooperation between our countries. I am certain that with
your rich knowledge of India and sustained contacts, you will be playing
an important role in achieving this goal. I take this opportunity to request
Your Excellency to convey my warm greetings and personal regards to His
Majesty, the King, and best wishes to the people of Bhutan.