FSI DIRECTOR GENERAL SPEAKS IN THE 2ND EDITION OF THE RAISINA DIALOGUE IN NEW DELHI

Foreign Service Institute Director-General Claro S. Cristobal served as one of the speakers during the 2nd Edition of Raisina Dialogue at the Taj Palace, New Delhi. He spoke during the Breakout Panel 2: Indo-Pacific: Governing the Churn on January 19.

The Director-General talked about the importance of the South China Sea as a vital trade route and source of oil, gas reserves and fishery resources, while raising concerns on the issues of territory, sovereignty and entitlements impacting on the issue of access and sustainability.

The theme of the 2nd Raisina Dialogue was: "The New Normal: Multilateralism with Multipolarity". The Dialogue was organized by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs on January 17 to 19.

The Raisina Dialogue is India's flagship geo-political conference. While the first edition in 2016 involved about 40 countries with 120 foreign participants, this 2nd edition saw 65 countries and more than 250 foreign delegates participating in a number of panels, including some concurrent ones, organized across a range of sub-themes. Political leaders, diplomats, senior generals and admirals, strategic experts and thinkers also made presentations during the three day event.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Raisina Dialogue on January 17 where he expressed continued belief in older trains of Indian foreign policy thought that saw a multipolar world as a just and desirable outcome. He took the opportunity to call for a "security architecture" in Asia that is "open, transparent, balanced, and inclusive" and that is "rooted in international norms and respect for sovereignty."

Ambassador Ma. Teresita C. Daza, Col. Raymundo R. Acorda of Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attache and Embassy Attaches attended the event. END

Source: Republic of Philippines Department Of Foreign Affairs