Israel announced Saturday that it established diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Bhutan, which borders India and China, in a ceremony held at the residence of Israel’s ambassador to India, Ron Malka.
New Delhi/Bhutan(DT) Dec 12, 2020 : The Foreign Ministry said Ashkenazi and Bhutanese counterpart Tandi Dorji had already held talks and agreed to cooperation in the fields of water management, agriculture, healthcare and more. Israel has previously had contacts with Bhutan through Mashav, its international development agency, and hosted students working on agricultural projects. The small state of Bhutan, which is twice the size of Israel but has a tenth of its population, has generally pursued an isolationist foreign policy. It only has official relations with 53 countries in the world (as well as the European Union). The himalayan kingdom, which is known for assessing its development via a Gross Happiness Index, is famously difficult to enter for tourists.
Earlier this week, Israel and Morocco agreed to normalize ties, in a deal underwritten by the United States, which controversially agreed to recognize Morocco’s claim over Western Sahara.
Ron Malka, the Israeli ambassador to India, said he signed the agreement with his Bhutanese counterpart, Maj Gen Vetsop Namgyel, on Saturday to establish “formal diplomatic relations”, calling it a “historic day”.
“This agreement will open up many more opportunities for cooperation for the benefit of both our peoples,” Malka said on Twitter