Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the defence-related Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore next year.
Organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), it is an annual meeting for defence ministers, military chiefs and top-ranking defence officials from across the Asia-Pacific and other countries vitally concerned with the region’s security.
In a statement, IISS said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong confirmed in his speech at the recent closing ceremony for the 31st Asean Summit in Manila that Modi will deliver the keynote address at the 17th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on 1 June 2018.
At the 2017 dialogue held in June, Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull presented the keynote address.
In one session at the 2017 dialogue, the panelists comprised of Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, Canadian National Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan and Pakistan Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Zubair Mahmood Hayat.
First convened in 2002, the event is badged as the region’s premier defence and security summit.
IISS-Asia Executive Director Tim Huxley said the decision of India’s Prime Minister to speak to defence and security leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region underlines the importance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.
“We know Prime Minister Modi’s speech will be eagerly anticipated in the region,” he said in a statement.
IISS deals with global security, political risk and military conflict. It was founded in the UK in 1958 with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for The Military Balance, its annual assessment of countries’ armed forces and for high-powered security summits, including the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.
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