WASHINGTON - The United States will not build permanent bases in Afghanistan and underlined that Pakistan can be partner in its effort to support peace and stability, the Democratic Party Platform (manifesto) says.

“More broadly, we will also continue to support peace and stability in South Asia. Pakistan can be a partner in that process,” the 40-page Platform which was set to be adopted at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte (North Carolina) Tuesday night. “The United States will make clear that we respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and democratic institutions, and that our interest is in putting an end to Al-Qaeda’s safe havens and respecting Afghan sovereignty,” the document said while endorsing the policies of President Barack Obama, who is seeking a second term in office. He is challenged by Republican candidate Mitt Romney, a wealthy businessman in the November elections.

The Democratic Platform also pledged that the US would ‘continue to invest’ in long-term strategic partnership with India and also support its ability to serve as a regional economic anchor and provider of security in the broader Indian Ocean region.

Reiterating its commitment to ‘responsibly’ end the Afghan war, the document said the ongoing process of security transition would be completed on schedule.

“Already, the US and our NATO allies have begun to transition responsibility to Afghan security forces. At the same time, we are keeping up the pressure on the Taliban, pursuing the possibility of a political resolution to parts of the conflict…”

“Beyond 2014, we will continue to provide counterterrorism and training assistance and to build an enduring relationship with Afghanistan, as outlined by the US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement concluded in May. But we will not build permanent bases in Afghanistan,” it added.

As a consequence of President Obama’s decisions and the ‘brave work’ of US military and intelligence professionals, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden could no longer threaten the United States, it said. Al-Qaeda’s senior leadership had been devastated, rendering the group far less capable than it was four years ago, the party platform went on to say.

“The Al-Qaeda core in Afghanistan and Pakistan has never been weaker. We have also struck blows against Al-Qaeda’s leadership in Yemen and Somalia – with the full support and close cooperation of those governments. At the same time, the president and the Democratic Party understand that we must stay vigilant,” it said.

The terrorist network’s core might be on the path to defeat, but its organisation and its affiliates remained active in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, it acknowledged.

“For that reason, we are committed to an unrelenting pursuit of those who would kill Americans or threaten our homeland, our allies, our partners, and our interests around the world,” the platform said.

The Republican Party held its convention last week in Florida in which it approving former Massachusetts Governor Romney as the party’s candidate. Latest polls indicate a close fight between President Obama and his Republican rival.

Romney, the document said, has been both for and against their timeline to end the war in Afghanistan, but has failed to outline any policy ideas for how he would bring troops home and, at times, has suggested he would leave them there indefinitely, it added.

The Platform also takes a dig on the former Bush Administration on his policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. “As the Bush administration shifted its focus to Iraq, Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda established safe havens across the border from Afghanistan, in Pakistan. President Obama’s decision to end the Iraq war freed up military and intelligence resources to refocus on this fight and enabled us to shift to a much more effective approach to counterterrorism,” it said.

Importantly, Obama also shifted away from the Bush administration’s sweeping and internationally-divisive rhetoric of a ‘global war on terrorism’ to a more focused effort against an identifiable network of people: Al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Elaborating its policy towards India, the Democratic Platform said, “We will continue to invest in a long-term strategic partnership with India to support its ability to serve as a regional economic anchor and provider of security in the broader Indian Ocean region.

“As we have sought to re-balance our foreign policy, we have also turned greater attention to strengthening our alliances and expanding our partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. In part, this is in recognition that the United States has been, and always will be, a Pacific power,” it adds.

“And, in part, it is a recognition that America’s future security and prosperity will be fundamentally interconnected with Asia given its status as the fastest growing economic region, with most of the world’s nuclear powers and about half of the world’s population,” it says.

The document says President Barack Obama has therefore made a deliberate and strategic decision that the US will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region.

Obama, the platform says, is committed to continuing efforts to build a cooperative relationship with China, while being clear and candid when we have differences.

The world has a profound interest in the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China, but Beijing must also understand that it must abide by clear international standards and rules of the road, the platform says.

“China can be a partner in reducing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, countering proliferation in Iran, confronting climate change, increasing trade, and resolving other global challenges. President Obama will continue to seek additional opportunities for cooperation with China, including greater communication between our militaries,” it says.

“We will do this even as we continue to be clear about the importance of the Chinese government upholding international economic rules regarding currency, export financing, intellectual property, indigenous innovation, and workers’ rights,” the platform says.

The US will consistently speak out for the importance of respecting the universal human rights of the Chinese people, including the right of the Tibetan people to preserve their cultural and religious identity, it says.