Friday, 19 June 2009

Bhutan : His Majesty grants audience to the Indian External Affairs Minister

June 18: His Majesty the King granted audience to the Indian External Affairs Minister Mr. SM Krishna at the Dechencholing palace this afternoon. He arrived in the Kingdom on a two day goodwill visit this morning. This is his first foreign visit as the External Affairs Minister of India.

He became the External Affairs Minister in May this year. Mr. SM Krishna was first elected to the Karnataka legislative assembly in 1962 and made his debut in the parliament in 1968.

Over a career spanning almost five decades, he has served as the Minister for commerce, industries, and parliamentary affairs. Minister of state for industry, Minister of State for Finance, the speaker of Karnataka legislative assembly, and the Chief Minister of Karnataka. Before he assumed the present post, he served as the Governor of Maharashtra.

His Majesty also hosted a lunch for the External Affairs Minister and his delegation. Their Royal Highnesses the Princesses also attended the lunch.

Following the audience Mr. Krishna called on the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley. The Foreign Minister Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering was also present.

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