Away from the media spotlight, India hosts a meeting of top intelligence officials

According to a report, amid the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and ahead of the Raisina Dialogue, on March 1, India organised the second conference of “intelligence and security chiefs” and welcomed the top officials from all around the world, called the Raisina Security Dialogue. Members of 26 countries participated in the meeting.

The meeting, which was designed after “Singapore’s Shangri-La Dialogue” and the “Munich Security Conference,” whose 59th edition was held from February 17 to 19, 2023, was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

A representative from one of the attending countries noted that the discussion’s wide-ranging nature demonstrated the world’s faith in India. The source reported that the U.S. was not present in the meeting, but that intelligence chiefs from Bahrain, Japan, France, and the U.K. were there.

The “National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS),” which reports to Mr. Doval, and the country’s foreign intelligence agency, the “Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW),” are accountable for managing the security conference.

The meeting was first held in April 2022, one day prior to the opening of the Raisina Dialogue, India’s premier forum on “geopolitics and geo-strategy,” which was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the “Observer Research Foundation (ORF).” The seventh edition of this year’s event took place from March 2–4.

The conference takes place a year after the conflict in Ukraine and has the world’s focus; however, India has been raising awareness of other global crises, such as Afghanistan. Severe disagreements over Ukraine between the U.S.-led Western nations and the Russia-China alliance barred India from releasing a joint statement at the G-20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting last week; instead, New Delhi released a chair’s summary and an outcome report.

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