The King of Bhutan, aged 24 and said to be the world's youngest monarch, arrived in New Delhi on Friday (22 February) for a four-day visit to India.
GV King of Bhutan descends from aircraft to be greeted by Indian President Sanjiva Reddy and the Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi
SV Cameraman by aircraft
GV Officials party walks towards airport building
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SV President Reddy greets King of Bhutan in his study
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GV King of Bhutan seated with President Reddy in lounge PAN TO CU King of Bhutan
SV officials seated in lounge
CU King of Bhutan PAN TO King talking to President Reddy in lounge
SV President's staff standing outside the room
GV King of Bhutan talking to Mrs. Gandhi PAN TO CU Mrs. Gandhi
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Background: The King of Bhutan, aged 24 and said to be the world's youngest monarch, arrived in New Delhi on Friday (22 February) for a four-day visit to India. Talks he was due to have with Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Indian Prime Minister, included the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: King Jigme Singyi Wangchuk, whose name means "fearless lightning lion", was welcomed by Mr. Sanjiva Reddy, Indira's President, and Mrs. Gandhi. He has ruled the tiny landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for six years and his country is heavily dependent on India for financial aid and links with the outside world.
Talks with President Reddy was the first of the King's engagements. The King of Bhutan took over the throne on the death of his father, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, who began developing the country with a series of five-year plans, largely financed by India.
The young king says his government is always asking him when he'll get married. His reply is always the same: "no plans at the moment".
The King of Bhutan's talks with Mrs. Gandhi included the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. The Indian government hasn't condemned the intervention but says its diplomatic efforts will continue to see that Soviet troops leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.