Visa of Bhutan, a hard nut to crack for Chinese Ambassador Houlan
It has been revealed that Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yang Houlan has been denied of visa to Bhutan from Nepal.
Houlan has requested the visa of Bhutan from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) secretariat two month ago. However,to his dismay, Houlan was denied of visa by the Bhutanese government. He has reasoned to observe the SAARC Forestry Center in Bhutan for his visit. Chinese government has provided the grant assistance of 3 hundred thousand dollar to the Center.
When his visa request was rejected for the first time from the SAARC secretariat in Nepal, he made it an issue of diplomatic prestige and took the issue with the SAARC Secretary General Ahmed Saleem.
Sources said Saleem conveyed Houlan’s discontentment over the visa issue to the government of Bhutan than only Bhutan was compelled to provide the visa for the ambassador Houlan.
It took nearly 2 weeks to the Bhutan government to give a nod to the Houlan to visit its country. Houlan has stayed 5 days in Bhutan. Bhutan provides visa to Nepalese from Kathmandu based SAARC secretariat. It is learnt that he had hosted a dinner meeting with the journalists close to him where he had briefed about his Bhutan visit.
The visa denial case has raised the Chinese eyebrow, says Journalists close to Chinese Embassy. Bhutan, whose security affair is managed by India, has even not met the Nepal’s desire to open the Nepalese Embassy in Bhutan. The embassy offices of both- Nepal and China- based in Delhi deals with the affairs of Bhutan. Nepal had officially requested the government of Bhutan for its approval to open the embassy office there during the Madhav Nepal-led government. But the government is yet to get the response from Bhutan even after two years of its request.