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Vote of Thanks by External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar at the Inaugural Session of the Sixth Raisina Dialogue

April 25, 2022

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji,
President von der Leyen,
Excellencies, Ladies & Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to propose the Vote of Thanks at the inaugural of the Sixth Raisina Dialogue.

2. In 2015, Prime Minister, you gave us the task of creating a ‘Make in India – Make for the World’ platform to debate contemporary issues. This reflected both your confidence in shaping the global agenda as well as in the strength of our summoning powers. It would express both the rebalancing and the multipolarity that characterizes our times. This Dialogue has been the most successful of our many responses to your call. Seven years later, we have today in our midst 1200 participants drawn from 99 nations, ready to hear a 100 panels and conversations. And I can say this with all humility that the Raisina Dialogue is among the best in its class.

3. Among the geographies that have partnered this endeavour as it developed, Europe has clearly stood out. It is therefore only fitting that the keynote address today should be delivered by President von der Leyen of the European Commission. She and Prime Minister Modi were the Co-Chairs of the 27+1 EU Summit at Porto in May 2021 that has set new directions for our partnership. Her personal leadership was largely responsible for the impetus given to the initiatives designed to take our ties to the next level.

4. These include an FTA, an investment agreement and a geographical indications agreement. Earlier today, we announced the launching of the Trade and Technology Council as well. This coordination mechanism will facilitate our working together on expanded trade, on trusted technologies and on security. The European Union has already articulated an Indo-Pacific and a Connectivity Strategy respectively that contributes to our convergence. Our Climate action, digital and other conversations are getting increasingly serious. And as we have heard the EU is approaching global challenges with a much sharper strategic awareness. Indeed, these are the subjects of discussions at this very Dialogue.

5. Let me, therefore, conclude by thanking President von der Leyen for her very thoughtful address that has set the tone for our deliberations. Our collective appreciation naturally to Prime Minister Modi, who remains the inspiration for this Dialogue. I recognize the commitment of the organizers Observer Research Foundation whose painstaking preparations are so visible and I am sure that you all equally applaud. And not least, I thank all participants and those who have joined us virtually for being part of this exciting journey.

Thank you very much.

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