India’s prime minister Narendra Modi will host Bhutan in a three-day visit on Wednesday, with the two leaders meeting for the first time since their historic meeting in May.
Modi and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, who also heads the ruling party, have both called for the country to take a hard line against North Korea and engage diplomatically with Beijing.
The two nations have been locked in a standoff over the border between the two nations, which has caused a humanitarian crisis and increased tension in the region.
While there has been a lot of speculation about the date of the summit, which Modi is scheduled to hold, Bhutan has already confirmed it will hold a full-fledged state of emergency at the end of June, after its military declared war on China.
Bhutan will host the summit as part of its efforts to make the region a more peaceful place, as part the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that Modi will attend.
The summit is expected to include more than 100 leaders, including leaders from the Pacific Rim countries, as well as leaders from Japan and South Korea.
Tobgay has repeatedly said that his country will not allow any foreign interference in Bhutan.
The leaders will meet for the last time on June 8.
The Indo-Bhutan Association of Civilisations and Cultural Heritage, a group that has long advocated for the unification of Bhutan and India, issued a statement on Tuesday saying the two sides should take a clear stance against North Korean actions.
The statement added that India must not make a similar mistake.
Tobin said India has a responsibility to ensure that Bhutan does not escalate into an even more dangerous situation.
“It is not the time to wait and see.
India must make a clear statement that Bhutan will not escalate further, and India should stop all activities on the border and stop the importation of arms and other dangerous goods,” Tobgay told the Press Trust of India news agency.
“We must make sure that the border situation does not become a disaster,” Tob Gay said.