Monday, 16 February 2009

Bhutan : His Majesty the King grants audience to Indian Foreign Secretary

February 15: His Majesty the King granted an audience to the Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon at the Dechencholing Palace yesterday. Mr. Menon is accompanied by Joint Secretary North Mr. Satish C. Metha.

Mr. Shivshankar Menon assumed the post of Indian Foreign Secretary in October 2006. Rising rapidly through the ranks, he has served as Indian Ambassador to Israel, Sri Lanka, China, and Pakistan over a career spanning more than three decades.

His Majesty the King also hosted a lunch for the Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and his delegation at the Dechencholing palace.

Mr. Menon arrived in the Kingdom on a two day visit yesterday morning.

Also yesterday afternoon, Mr. Menon called on the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley and the Foreign Minister Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering.

The Indian Foreign Secretary left for India this morning. He was seen off by the acting Foreign Secretary Daw Penjor, the Chief of Protocol, the Paro Dzongda, Foreign Ministry and Paro Dzongkhag officials.

The Indian Ambassador to Bhutan Sudhir Vyas was also present to see off the Foreign Secretary.

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