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Welcome to Foreign Policy’s weekly South Asia Brief, where we bring you essential news and analysis from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

Something special: @the_hindu  On Narendra Modi's Bhutan visit, and why the relationship must not be taken for granted

Scoop from @maggieNYT  & @michaelcrowley : John J. Sullivan, current deputy secretary of state, is Trump’s pick to go to Moscow as ambassador, replacing the departing Jon Huntsman. Easy confirmation expected. Sullivan was just in Bhutan & India.

Japan's young prince takes a bow: Hisahito, 12, is taught archery during visit to Bhutan with his parents Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko


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I would like to thank the people and Government of Bhutan for the warm welcome and hospitality during this visit.

Thank you Bhutan! It was a memorable visit. The affection I have received from the people of this wonderful nation can never be forgotten. There were many programmes which I had the honour of taking part in. The outcomes of the visit will enhance bilateral ties.

On 17th and 18th August, I will be in Bhutan for a bilateral visit that reflects the high importance attached to strong relations with our trusted friend and neighbour. I would be taking part in a wide range of programmes during this visit.

Bhutan'>Reached Bhutan a short while ago, marking the start of an important visit. I am extremely grateful to @PMBhutan  for welcoming me at the airport. His gesture is deeply touching.

A memorable welcome in Bhutan! This is a land blessed with natural beauty and wonderful people. There is immense enthusiasm here and the people of Bhutan want to see the India-Bhutan friendship scale newer heights of success. @PMBhutan 

Addressing students at the Royal University of Bhutan. Watch.

Called on His Majesty the King of Bhutan. We discussed ways to further deepen partnership between India and Bhutan.

Bhutan gives PM @narendramodi  a very special welcome! People from all walks of life, especially the youth, have been welcoming the Prime Minister, showcasing the warm Bhutanese hospitality.

Thank you Bhutan' alt='PMBhutan' /'>@PMBhutan  for accepting our invitation to grace the Swearing-in Ceremony. Bhutan is India's trusted friend and neighbour. I look forward to continue working with you to further strengthen our exemplary partnership.

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"Trump pointed at the map and said he knew that Nepal was part of India, only to be told that it is an independent nation. When said he was familiar with Bhutan and knew it, too, was part of India, his briefers told him Bhutan was an independent kingdom"