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India's Modi vows stronger Bhutan energy ties in first foreign visit

Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:49 PM
 
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) addresses the joint session of the Parliament at Thimphu in Bhutan on June 16, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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