Amongst the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, three par­ties pledges to strengthen the for­eign re­la­tions

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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.

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