Intelligence chiefs from more than 20 — mostly Western — countries and their allies to attend a conference in India organised by RAW spy agency

    20 nations to participate in conference just ahead of MEA’s Raisina Dialogue

    Two days before the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) begins its annual Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will lead discussions at India’s first such conference of intelligence agency chiefs, also being held in the capital on Sunday.

    The conference, modelled on the lines of the annual Munich Security Conference and Singapore’s Shangri-La dialogue, is expected to bring together heads and deputy heads of the top intelligence and security organisations from more than 20 — mostly Western — countries and their allies. Intelligence chiefs and deputies from Australia, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand are among those expected to attend the conference.

    Officials said the conference is being organised by country’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) that reports to National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval. Mr. Doval is expected to steer the conference and also hold meetings with the spy chiefs and representatives of various countries.

    Sources said U.S.’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns and Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) director David Vigneault were expected originally, but had to cancel their attendance in the last few days due to different reasons. As a result, planned meetings on the sidelines of the “Five eyes alliance” of U.S., U.K., Canada, New Zealand and Australia who regularly coordinate on terrorism and security issues, as well as a first meeting of Quad countries’ intelligence chiefs have been shelved. READ MORE

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    Evarist Chahali

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