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Germany and Bhutan: Bilateral Relations Bhutan

05.05.2021 - Article

The Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Bhutan have maintained diplomatic relations since 25 November 2020.  This move further deepened the friendly relations between the two countries. Consular relations have been in place since July 2000. The German Embassy in New Delhi is responsible for nurturing official bilateral contacts with the Kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan has agreed to let Germany set up an honorary consulate in Thimphu. Bhutan’s diplomatic interests are pursued primarily through its mission to the EU. The country has an honorary consulate general in Germany.

The two countries share interests above all in the field of climate policy and the preservation of a rules-based multilateral international order.

Through its contributions to international organisations, Germany supports multilateral programmes in and for Bhutan run by, for example, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the EU. Individual projects by private initiatives are supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

On the cultural front, Germany has in recent years supported cultural preservation projects in Bhutan. Since March 2019 the Federal Foreign Office has been providing support for a joint project of the Bhutan-German Himalaya Society and the National Library of Bhutan to preserve traditional Bhutanese manuscripts. 

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