25th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and the Kingdom of Bhutan

March 28, 2011

  1. On Monday, March 28, Japan and the Kingdom of Bhutan commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

  2. Japan and Bhutan exchanged letters regarding establishment of diplomatic relations on March 28, 1986. Since then, the two countries have steadily developed a cordial relationship including through such high-level visits as those of members of the Japanese Imperial Family and the Bhutanese Royal family as well as through economic cooperation.

  3. In response to the Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake, His Majesty the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Hon. Lyonchhen Jigmi Yoeser Thinley sent messages of sympathy and condolences and offered respectively a thousand butter lamps and prayers for the victims. His Majesty the King also made a donation of one million US dollars as relief assistance. On March 21, Ambassador Akitaka Saiki conveyed his deepest gratitude to His Majesty the King for the sense of solidarity and assistance demonstrated by the Government and people of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

  4. The Government of Japan expects that our bilateral relationship will be further strengthened during this memorial year.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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