Bhutan pays its con­do­lence to Europe

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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.

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