September 12: His Majesty the King granted audience to India’s new Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao this morning. She is accompanied by Satish C. Mehta, Joint Secretary North, of Ministry of External Affairs. They arrived in the country on a three day official visit this morning.
At the Paro airport, The Indian Foreign Secretary was received by her Bhutanese counterpart Daw Penjor, the Chief of Protocol, the Paro Dzongda and Foreign Ministry officials.
Shortly after her arrival in the capital, His Majesty the King granted audience to the Indian Foreign Secretary.
Nirupama Rao became the Foreign Secretary of India on August 1 this year. Before that she served as the Indian Ambassador to China and High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka.
From 2001 to 2002, she served as the first woman spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs. From 1998 to 1999, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Moscow.
She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973.
His Majesty also hosted a luncheon at the Dechenchholing palace for the Indian Foreign Secretary.
Later in the afternoon, the Foreign Secretary of India called on the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley.
While in the Kingdom, the delegation will also be meeting senior officials and visiting places of historical and cultural interest.
The Foreign Secretary leaves for New Delhi on Monday.