PM Narendra Modi gifted an official football FIFA U-17 World Cup football to Bhutanese Prince Jigme Namgyal Wangchuk on Wednesday when he met the Himalayan kingdom’s royal family, who are on their four-day goodwill-visit to India. “Had a wonderful meeting with the King, Queen and Prince of Bhutan,” PM Modi tweeted, along with a picture of the Prince Namgyal, who will turn two in February next year.”Presented the Prince of Bhutan an official football from the FIFA U-17 World Cup and a chess set,” he said. In the first-ever event of the world football federation held here, India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup which recently got to a conclusion last month. The royal family including the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, who came along with Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk and the Prince Jigme Namgyal arrived in the national capital on Tuesday. 

According to a statement released by Bhutanese Embassy, India and Bhutan have agreed to cherish 2018 as the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between the neighbouring countries. During a meeting with Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, President of India Ram Nath Kovind sent an invitation for a state visit to India. The invitation was thoroughly accepted by the royal family. The Indian President appreciated the Bhutanese King’s role in resolving the Doklam issue in their meeting. “The meetings were held in a very warm and cordial atmosphere, reflecting the spirit of mutual trust and understanding that characterise the exceptionally friendly ties between the two countries,” the statement said. 

President Ram Nath Kovind “conveyed deep appreciation for the King of Bhutan’s personal involvement and guidance and the support provided by Bhutan in addressing the recent situation in the Dokalam area,” the statement said. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the royal family here. With PM Modi and Ram Nath Kovind, The Bhutanese King also held talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. 

(With inputs from news agencies…)

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