New Delhi, Aug 28: Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj will participate in the two-day Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) scheduled to be held at Colombo from Thursday.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister and President are among the key speakers at the IOC event on the theme of “Peace, Progress and Prosperity”.
The IOC will be held at Temple Trees, an official residence of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranik Wickremesinghe is being co-hosted by the India Foundation, a Delhi-based think tank, in collaboration with RSIS, Singapore and NIFS, Colombo- both research and study centers.
The conference will have speakers from 25 countries. Representatives from around 35 countries are expected to participate in the event. This will be second ICO conference. The first was held in Singapore in 2016 in partnership with think tanks from Singapore, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The conference will be inaugurated by Seychelles Vice-President Vincent Meriton, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan besides Sushma Swaraj, while Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will deliver the valedictory address, a statement said.
The conference will also be attended by officials from the USA, Australia and Germany among others.