Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, will travel to New Delhi from 14 to 15 January to attend the Raisina Dialogue. High‑ranking visitors from around the world meet to discuss current security policy issues at this conference, which is hosted each year by the Observer Research Foundation and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. In addition to attending the conference, Annen will hold talks at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The focus will be on deepening the strategic partnership in such areas as the digital transformation and economic and trade issues, as well as development, sustainability and climate protection.
Minister of State Annen issued the following statement prior to his departure:
I was delighted to accept the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ invitation to attend the Raisina Dialogue and to hold discussions with representatives from the region on the challenges facing the international community. It is in our interests to strengthen our relations with Asia, especially since we have a similar stance on many issues. We intend to continue to expand our strategic cooperation with India on international issues in trade, development and security policy in 2020. With this in mind, we want to work together to maintain and expand the rules‑based international order – the Alliance for Multilateralism is an excellent framework that serves precisely this purpose.