Amongst the political parties, three parties pledges to strengthen the foreign relations
As nation head towards the third parliamentary national assembly elections 2018, the political parties commit various pledges for the development and the benefit of the people as a whole.
Amongst the pledges, most of the political parties pledge to strengthen the foreign relations with other countries.
According to the pledges of the Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP), is committed to strengthen foreign relations.
According to the manifesto of BKP, “The world is more interconnected and interdependent that at any other time. Scientific and technological advances and the speed with which ideas and knowledge can be transmitted have empowered people but have also increased risks and volatility in the international system.”
Drawing on Article 9 section 24 of the Constitution, BKP shall “Endeavor to promote goodwill and corporation with nations, foster respect for international law and treaty obligations, and encourage settlement of international disputes by peaceful means in order to promote international peace and security.”
Thereby, BKP pledges to strengthen our friendship and cooperation with India based mutual trust, mutual respect and mutual benefit, being mindful of each other’s aspiration, interest and sensitive.
“Comply with our obligations under international conventions and agreements to which Bhutan is a member.”
BKP further pledges that Bhutan will remain an active member of regional and multilateral organizations and maintain strong strategic partnerships with our key neighbors to support peace, trade and investment, transfer of knowledge and skills and continue to share our development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) for peaceful and secure world.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) pledges security and sovereignty of the nation are non-negotiable. The PDP accords the highest of priorities on strengthening our national security and sovereignty. “We shall follow prudent foreign policy adopted by our Kings which have served the nation exceedingly well in the past. While continuing to tread on the international stage cautiously, we will further our engagement with India and strengthen the strong bond of friendship.”
The PDP states that our foreign policy shall prioritize strengthening our time-tested friendship with India. We shall foster good relations with the neighboring Indian states of West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim and Bihar to ensure the safety of Bhutanese travelling through these states and improve business relations and people-to-people interactions.
According to the PDP, PDP shall continue to strengthen relations with all countries to ensure Bhutan’s presence in the international arena. However, our approach shall be cautious and we would take informed stands on issues that pertain to Bhutan, especially that concern our security, sovereignty and independence.
PDP shall focus on strengthening security to ensure the safety of our people living in and near the border towns. “We shall continue the ongoing border negotiations with China.”
According to the pledges, PDP will strengthen our relation through active participation in global, regional and multilateral organizations like the United Nation (UN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), and the European Union (EU) and will strengthen our relations with traditional friends and partners like Japan, Switzerland, and with countries we have diplomatic ties with. We will work closely with our regional neighbors like Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) party too pledges to strengthen the foreign relations: “Holding our place in the world.”
“Our foreign policy will always be guided by our enlightened Monarchs. Building and sustaining healthy and mutually beneficial relations with the countries of the world will be in the interest of our country.”
According to the manifesto of the DPT, DPT would accord the highest priority to strengthening our security, sovereignty, and independence.
The party would remain committed to maintaining and furthering the excellent relations with the people and the Government of India; carry forward the exemplary and mutually beneficial cooperation that is the hallmark of our relations and deepen our economic ties, stated the manifesto.
“Remain committed to working with all nations and organizations to promote the wellbeing of all mankind, world peace, and progress. Continue to attach the highest importance to bilateral and multilateral relations and play an active role in promoting regional and international understanding and coopera- tion.”
According to the DPT, they would continue to value and appreciate the immense contribution of our donor communities toward the development of our country and further strengthen our relations with them and seek their continued goodwill and support. Promote the image and profile of our country and advance goodwill and friendship with other countries and organizations. Pursue membership and become signatory to all relevant international and regional conventions on the basis of an understanding of their ramifications.
“Remain faithful to Bhutan’s neutrality and principled position in international arena and continue to employ GNH as a powerful, safe and effective vehicle for promotion of foreign policy and will promote the philosophy as a development paradigm for a more sustainable, equitable, peaceful and happier world.”
Besides that mobilize the resources for the 12th Five Year Plan from existing as well as new donors and explore markets for our goods and services by developing trade relations within and outside the region, stated the manifesto.
Meanwhile, the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) party doesn’t have any pledges on foreign relation policies.