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Modi speaks of improving India-Bhutan ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the joint session of the Bhutanese Parliament, where he spoke about India-Bhutan relations and how the two countries could go forward and take their relationship to a new high.

THIMPHU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the joint session of the Bhutanese Parliament, where he spoke about India-Bhutan relations and how the two countries could go forward and take their relationship to a new high.

He said that tourism is something that unites countries and terrorism is something that divides countries.

According to Modi, if there is a stronger India in the near future, if India is not troubled with internal problems, and it becomes a stronger nation, it is good for the neighbourhood, and it is good for Bhutan.

He also spoke of a “soft border” whereby people-to-people contact between India and Bhutan increases in the sphere of education, science and technology, and tourism.

And by doing that, both the countries could benefit.

He also appreciated Bhutan's efforts to bring about development - something which encourages people to work towards democracy and to work towards development without harming and endangering the environment.

Modi will head home later on Monday after inaugurating a hydroelectric power project between Bhutan and India.

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