Pakistan likely to be invited to IISS conference
ISLAMABAD: After the finalisation of its membership to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF), Pakistan is likely to be invited to next year’s Asian Security Conference organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London.
Sources told Daily Times that the conference is to be held in June next year in Singapore. The IISS would organise the conference and delegates from around 20 countries would participate. The conference would be called the Shangri-La Dialogue, sources said.
IISS has hosted the Shangri-La Dialogue for three consecutive years since 2002. Defence ministers and heads have attended the past conferences. Officers from the US, UK, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Mongolia and Singapore took part in the dialogue. Deputy and senior defence ministers and security officials from Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Russia also attended the conference. The third Shangri-La Dialogue took place from June 4 to June 6, 2004, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. staff report