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A delegation from the Kingdom of Bhutan visited the RF Civic Chamber

This is the first visit of a Bhutanese delegation for several decades

A delegation from the Kingdom of Bhutan visited the RF Civic Chamber

On March 27 the RF Civic Chamber hosted the opening ceremony of the exhibition entitled "The Kingdom of Bhutan", dedicated to the culture of this unique country of the Himalayan region, and the round table "The Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Bhutan: Dialogue of Cultures and Humanitarian Cooperation".

The exhibition includes images, which reflect cultural features, nature, society and touristic potential of the Kingdom of Bhutan, as well as national clothes and other attributes of the cultural life of the Bhutanese. The items are exhibited in Moscow for the first time.

The round table was attended by Bhutanese officials. This is the first visit of such kind for several decades due to the fact that diplomatic relations between countries have not been established yet.

Damcho Rinzin, director of Department on tourism development of the Council on tourism, and Dorji Penjore, director of the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH Research presented cultural features and traditions of Bhutan, sites which could be attractive for tourists from Russia and other countries.

Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, noted that opening an official representation of the Kingdom of Bhutan in Russia would be too costly. Thus, in order to develop Russian-Bhutanese ties, a Russia-Bhutan friendship society could be established.

"We will also work out the idea of holding the Days of Bhutan in Russia and the Days of Russia in Bhutan", - Sutormina said, expressing the hope that this could not only contribute to cultural and humanitarian cooperation between our countries, but also to increase tourist flows from Russia to Bhutan and from Bhutan to Russia.

The deputy head of the Tomsk division of the Russian Geographical Society, famous Russian traveler Evgeny Kovalevsky said: "We are taking the first steps in relations between our countries, and I hope that this cooperation will grow actively".

"The idea came to me one year ago, when I visited the Kingdom of Bhutan. I tried to understand how they manage to be happy without having anything but rice and water. We exchanged letters and arranged the visit to Russia. It is very difficult, as we witness the first contact between Bhutan and Russia”, - Kovalevsky said.

Kovalevsky added that representatives of the Centre for Bhutan Studies & GNH Research will arrive to Tomsk on March 30 and 31 to attend the round table "Siberia and Bhutan: the Territory of Happiness".

Concluding the event, Elena Sutormina informed that the exhibition dedicated to Bhutan will run on for ten days in the RF Civic Chamber, offering all interested persons to get acquainted with the exhibits.

The event was organized by the Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, the Tomsk division of the Russian Geographical Society and the Russian Worldwide project.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

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