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The 10th edition of Delhi Dialogue (DD X) was held in New Delhi and was hosted by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The theme for this edition was “Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation”. This was the first major event organised after ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, which was held in New Delhi in January 2018.
DD X was organised by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in partnership with the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS). It saw participation of political leadership, policy makers, senior officials, diplomats, business leaders, think-tanks and academicians from India and ASEAN member states. Chief ministers from North-Eastern states were also invited to participate in the event. DD X comprised of six plenary and four parallel sessions, with each session followed by open discussions.
Delhi Dialogue is premier annual event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It has been held annually since 2009 and political leaders, policy makers, senior officials, diplomats, think tanks and academicians from both sides participate in the discussions pertaining to ASEAN-India relations. It is aimed at finding a common ground and expanding the scope of cooperation between India and ASEAN nations. The theme of ninth edition of dialogue was “ASEAN-India Relations: Charting the Course for the Next 25 Years”. It had marked the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India Partnership.
The 9th Heads of Mission Conference was held in New Delhi from June 30-July 2, 2018. It was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The conference comes at the time when India is monitoring several important global developments including sanctions imposed by United States on Russia and Iran, and China’s new assertiveness in Indo-Pacific region.
The theme of three-day annual conference was ‘Unprecedented Outreach: Unparalleled Outcomes’. It saw participation of all Indian ambassadors and high commissioners and deliberated on India’s key foreign policy issues and goals .It provided government a common platform to brief country’s top diplomats for promoting India’s national interests abroad and on economic reform initiatives and measures taken for improving ease-of-doing business in the country so that these aspects can be highlighted on the global stage.