President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen joined the inaugural session as chief guests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the 6th edition of Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics which is being held in a virtual format from April 13 to 16.

Jointly organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Observer Research Foundation, the Raisina Dialogue was attended by Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, during the inaugural session, as chief guests.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President of the European Council, Charles Michel will also participate in the conference in subsequent sessions.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the event will also see the presence of Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, Anthony Abbott, former Prime Minister of Australia and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Foreign Ministers of France, Portugal, Slovenia, Romania, Singapore, Nigeria, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Kenya, Chile, Maldives, Iran, Qatar, Poland, Turkey and Bhutan are also participating.

The theme of the 2021 Edition is ‘#ViralWorld: Outbreaks, Outliers and Out of Control.’

The 2021 Edition has 50 sessions with participation of 150 speakers from 50 countries and multilateral organizations, the release mentioned.

According to the MEA, more than 2000 attendees had pre-registered from over 80 countries and a large number of participants were joining the Dialogue through various social media platforms.

In the past six years, the Raisina Dialogue has grown in stature and profile to emerge as a leading global conference on international affairs. It attracts leading minds from the global strategic and policy-making community to discuss broader foreign policy and strategic issues facing the world.