India and Bhutan will sign an updated version of the 57-year old friendship treaty when King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk visits India on a six-day visit that will grant Thimpu more freedom in foreign policy and military procurement. This is Wangchuk's first visit to India after assuming responsibilities of Bhutan and will also focus on broadening economic and political cooperation.
The current Friendship Treaty requires Bhutan to be "guided by the advice of the government of India in regard to its external relations" but the new treaty will emphasize Bhutan's sovereignty and its right to pursue an independent foreign policy as long as it does not compromise Indian interests. The current format also requires India's "assistance and approval" for the import of arms and ammunitions.
Thimpu is planning a major overhaul of its administrative system infusing democracy and hold multi-party elections.