External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will not be going to Singapore to attend the ‘Indian Ocean Conference 2016’. She will join the conference via video link.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has been invited to make the inaugural address in the conference. The event will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore and the day after.
The conference is organized by the Indian Foundation while the Sri Lankan Institute of Policy Studies, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies as well as the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore will be the co-hosts.
Leaders of the Indian Ocean nations have been invited to attend the event. The conference will focus on the defence, economic, cultural and environmental matters of the region. A large number of persons including politicians, intellectuals, experts and officials are scheduled to take part in the event.