Manmohan Singh greets Tshering Tobgay for his victory in Bhutan

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has congratulated Bhutan's People's Democratic Party leader Tshering Tobgay, who is set to be the country's next premier, and promised steadfast and unflinching support of India.

In a message to Bhutan PDP leader, Dr. Singh said: "It gives me great pleasure to felicitate Your Excellency on the success of the people's Democratic Party, as well as your own election to the National Assembly in the historic second democratic election in Bhutan."

"I would like to avail of this opportunity to assure you of the steadfast and unflinching support of India and its citizens for the steady steps that Bhutan is taking to further strengthen democratic processes and institutions," he added.

Asserting that India is a privileged partner of Bhutan and it's people in their socio-economic progress and development, Dr. Singh said: "Our bilateral ties are anchored in a strong foundation of trust, mutual confidence and understanding. I wish to reiterate India's undiminished commitment to Bhutan in preserving these unique and special traditional ties. India is, and will remain, sensitive to Bhutan and its interests."

"I would also like to emphasize that India- Bhutan relations, which are indeed exemplary, have been carefully nurtured and fostered over many decades with the guidance and vision of Their Majesties the Druk Gyalpos of Bhutan and the constructive cooperation of our governments," he said.

"Our endeavor would be to strengthen these ties further. We look forward to working with you and your colleague to further enhance our cooperation for the benefit of the people of both our countries," he added.

Dr. Singh further said he has already given instruction to officials for preparing the roadmap for plan assistance to Bhutan and that he look forward to working with Togbay to further enhance the cooperation between the two countries.

Dr. Singh also invited Tobgay to visit India at an early date.

"I also look forward to an early opportunity of welcoming you in India. Please accept, Your Excellency, my very best wishes and the assurance of my highest consideration," he said. (ANI)