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‘Won’t allow territory to be used against India’

‘Won’t allow territory to be used against India’
Bhutan promised on Monday that it will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early success for prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision to strengthen diplomatic relations with neighbours in return for stronger economic ties.

Modi has expressed India’s continued commitment to capacity building especially in the education and information technology sectors in Bhutan. In a joint statement issued at Thimphu after the end of his two-day visit to Bhutan, both countries agreed to continue with their close coordination and cooperation with each other on the issues relating to their national interests.

India has conveyed its decision to exempt Bhutan from any ban or quantitative restrictions on export of milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-basmati rice. In the joint statement, both countries have expressed their desire to further promote trade and investment.  The two sides acknowledged the mutual benefit arising from the hydro-power sector and reiterated their commitment to achieving the 10000 MW target.

On 14 June, Millennium Post had reported: ‘ In a major policy decision, Modi has decided to remove all agricultural goods and products import restrictions to Bhutan, said sources in the government. The director general of foreign trade under the ministry of commerce is issuing a notification to allow all agricultural goods from India to be freely imported to Bhutan except tobacco and alcohol.’ Modi is working on a grand plan that focuses on ‘integration of markets’ of all South Asian counties. This will result in a huge boost to the economy of all regional countries,’ said our report.
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