Bhutan Affairs

Embassy New Delhi Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou and USAID Indo-Pacific Deputy Director Mary Tyler Holmes visited Bhutan

Bhutan became a member of the United Nations in 1971. Bhutan does not have diplomatic relations with any of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, including the United States. Although Bhutan and the United States have never established formal diplomatic relations, the two countries maintain warm, informal relations via their diplomatic missions at the United Nations in New York, Washington DC, and New Delhi, India.

Public Diplomacy First Secretary Margaret MacLeod visits Bhutan

Public Diplomacy First Secretary Margaret MacLeod visits Bhutan

Public Diplomacy First Secretary Margaret MacLeod and Public Engagement Specialist Robin Bansal visited Bhutan, August 20-27, 2022 to interview candidates for the 2023 slots for both the Foreign Fulbright Student and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programs.  They also met government officials, academics, journalists, and civil society activists in both Thimphu and Paro to understand the education, media, and civil society landscapes in the Kingdom, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

U.S. Special EnvoyAdvance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Jessica Stern, along with Chargé d’Affaires Patricia Lacina engaged virtually with Bhutanese Civil Society Organizations

Special Envoy Jessica Stern Virtual Roundtable with Bhutan Civil Society

U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Jessica Stern, along with Chargé d’Affaires Patricia Lacina and Counselor for Cultural and Educational Affairs Anthony Miranda, engaged virtually with Bhutanese Civil Society Organizations and other supporters on August 25, 2022, learning about Bhutan’s LGBTQI+ community and landscape.

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou and USAID Indo-Pacific Deputy Director Mary Tyler Holmes meet with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meeting with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Embassy New Delhi Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou and USAID Indo-Pacific Deputy Director Mary Tyler Holmes visited Bhutan June 20 to July 9, 2022, meeting with RGoB officials, members of Parliament, civil society organizations, academics, and other leaders in Bhutan’s social and cultural realms to discuss further deepening of bilateral relations and people-to-people ties.

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou and USAID Indo-Pacific Deputy Director Mary Tyler Holmes meet with officials from the Department of Law and Order.

Meeting with officials from the Department of Law and Order

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou and USAID Indo-Pacific Deputy Director Mary Tyler Holmes meet with officials from the Department of Law and Order.

Meeting with the founder of Samuh, Bhutan’s first Over-the-Top platform

Meeting with the founder of Samuh, Bhutan’s first Over-the-Top platform

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou meets with Nyema Zam, the founder of Samuh, Bhutan’s first Over-the-Top platform.

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou meets with parliamentary leadership.

Meeting with parliamentary leadership

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou meets with parliamentary leadership.

Meeting with members of Bhutan’s parliament

Meeting with members of Bhutan’s parliament

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou meets with members of Bhutan’s parliament.

Meeting players in Bhutan’s first ever Under-15 National Baseball Champions

Meeting players in Bhutan’s first ever Under-15 National Baseball Champions

Bhutan Unit Chief Andrew Ou congratulates players in Bhutan’s first ever Under-15 National Baseball Championships.