Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is in Singapore to attend the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue. On the sidelines, he will also be holding crucial meetings with his counterparts from France and the U.S.
- The Shangri-La Dialogue hosted annually by independent think-tank International Institute for Strategic Studies, is being held from June 3-5.
- It is attended by defence ministers and military chiefs of 28 Asia-Pacific countries besides those of other countries.
What is the Shangri-La Dialogue?
The dialogue, also called as IISS Asia Security Summit, was launched in 2002 by British think tank the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Singaporean government. This annual dialogue brings together defence ministers and military chiefs from 28 Asia-Pacific countries to talk about security in the region. It gets its name from the location of the meeting, the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore.
Why is the Shangri-La Dialogue important?
- The dialogue gathers military representatives from some of the world’s most powerful countries to discuss pressing and significant defence and security issues.
- The meeting is a chance for defence ministers, military chiefs and high-ranking defence officials to hold bilateral meetings on its sidelines.
- It is also attended by legislators, academic experts, journalists and business delegates from around the globe, making it a vehicle for public policy development and discussions on defence and security in the Asia-Pacific.