Indo-Pacific, Afghanistan likely to inform Raisina Dialogue

Indo-Pacific, Afghanistan likely to inform Raisina Dialogue

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New Delhi, Jan 8: The Indian government's annual conference on geo-politics and geo-economics, Raisina Dialogue, will be held here over three days from Tuesday in which developments in the Indo-Pacific region and Afghanistan are likely to suffuse the conversation.

Norway's Prime Minister Ms Erna Solberg will deliver the Inaugural address at the Dialogue, organised by by the External Affairs Ministry and the Observer Research Foundation.

Conceived just three years ago, the Raisina Dialogue has emerged as a much-awaited event in the international foreign policy calendar and signify India’s growing aspirations to play a more proactive role in international relations.

The theme for the 2019 edition of the conference is "A World Reorder: New Geometries, Fluid Partnerships, Uncertain Outcomes''.

The Indo-Pacific construct is likely to permeate conversation during the dialogue as foreign ministers of Japan and Australia will attend the meet, as will the deputy foreign minister of Singapore and the US Indo-Pacific commander.

Afghanistan will be a key area at the conference in view of the thinning of US troops from the conflict-wracked country.

Zalmay Khalilzad, US representative for Afghanistan peace talks, will take part in the Dialogue.

He is expcted to brief the Indian government about his recent rapprochement efforts with the Taliban in the backdrop of President Donald Trump’s decision to decrease US troops in Afghanistan by 50 per cent.

China will be represented by leading academics.

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim, tipped to succeed Mahathir Mohamad as the next premier, will be a star attraction at the event.

South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Reginah Mhaule will also be present at the Dialogue. (UNI)