PM Modi to today inaugurate second Raisina Dialogue

New Delhi [India], Jan. 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday inaugurate the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship geo-political conference organised annually by the Observer Research Foundation(ORF) in association with the Ministry of External Affairs.

The theme of the three-day dialogue this year is, "The New Normal: Multilateralism with Multi Polarity."

The dialogue will feature inaugural panel with Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, Foreign Minister of Nepal Prakash Sharan Mahat, former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, former prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd, International Affairs Advisor to Prime Minister of Bangladesh Gowher Rizvi.

A video message from the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres will be played before the inaugural panel.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar will deliver the keynote address on Wednesday.

Indian Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Smriti Irani and General (rtd) V.K. Singh will address the Dialogue besides ministers and officials from other countries.

More than 250 participants from 65 countries are taking part in this year's three-day Dialogue. The first edition was attended by 120 participants from 40 countries.(ANI)