Bhutan pays its condolence to Europe
The 6th Bhutan European Union biennial consultation reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations to further strengthen the excellent cooperation between Bhutan and European Union in Thimphu last Wednesday.
The EU delegation was lead by Ms. Maria Castillo Femandez, Head of Division, European Exte-mal Action Service of the European Commission. Mr. Kinga Singye, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Bhutanese delegation.
The Bhutan government also expresses its compassion and unity with Europe in regards to the recent terrorist attacks in France.
“The recent terrorist attacks in Paris were abominable and we condemn them in the strongest terms as possible,” Kinga Singye, Director General of Foreign Affairs said.
He also thanked the support of European Union to Bhutan, on behalf of government and people of Bhutan, the Director General expressed his deep sympathy and unity to EU and France in recent tragedy.
For the current cycle of 2014-2020, the EU has committed Euro 42 million for Bhutan in development cooperation in two sectors of good governance and renewable natural resources.
“We assure you that every cent provided will be directed to the intended purpose.” Director General made statement to European Union delegation.
In addition to bilateral cooperation, Bhutan benefits from a number of regional mechanisms that the EU supports most notably in the areas of climate change and disaster management.
Ms. Maria Fernandez leader of EU delegation said that the recent terrorist attacks in France were attacks on European system and values. She added that Attacks would not only challenge Europe but also to the entire world.
EU wants to see Bhutan as a partner cooperating together with them on all international forums to challenge and encounter the take care of terrorism.
Ms. Fernandez mentioned that Bhutan is a model for the world today, when it comes to protection of human rights and rule of law, policies on the environment and democratization process. Next week Bhutan and European Union will declare development of cooperation on climate change.
EU leader also included the representative of EU investment bank in delegation to explore possibilities of long term investment areas in Bhutan for further develop relations.
“It is important to note that EU support is being mainly channeled through national budget support, a practice not followed elsewhere.” Said Jorge De La Caballeria, Europe Aid unit head for South Asia
He also said European Union help had tripled based on the achievements and ways followed by Bhutan government.
Bhutan and the European Union established diplomatic relation in1985.