India's Modi vows stronger Bhutan energy ties in first foreign visit
Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:49 PM
THIMPHU, Bhutan (AFP) - India's Narendra Modi on Monday pledged stronger energy ties with tiny neighbour Bhutan as he wrapped up his first foreign visit since becoming prime minister, a trip aimed at checking China's influence in the region.
In an address to Bhutan's Parliament, Modi said he also planned to build a stronger India which could better support its regional neighbours, on the final day of his visit to the Buddhist kingdom.
"In the last few years India and Bhutan have made a strong start in the field of hydro power - we can improve it further," Mr Modi told lawmakers in the capital Thimphu.
"Energy security will be a key issue in the near future," said Mr Modi, who won a landslide election victory last month on a pledge to revive India's flagging economy.
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