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Shangri-La Dialogue 2020 cancelled over COVID-19 pandemic

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SINGAPORE: This 12 months’s Shangri-La Dialogue won’t be convened because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers mentioned early on Saturday (Mar 28).

The Worldwide Institute for Strategic Research (IISS), a world affairs think-tank, mentioned it had determined after shut session with host nation Singapore to not convene this 12 months’s summit.

“Many nations have imposed journey restrictions in response to the pandemic and these should still be in power on the time that this 12 months’s Shangri-La Dialogue would have been convened,” mentioned IISS in a press launch.

“On condition that the Dialogue attracts participation from greater than 40 nations, a lot of which have imposed such restrictions, the IISS has determined that the one smart course at this level is to inform delegates and different events that the occasion won’t happen this 12 months.”

READ: No entry or transit through Singapore for all short-term visitors amid heightened risk of imported COVID-19 cases: MOH

IISS added that it could work in the direction of an “exceptionally sturdy” Shangri-La Dialogue subsequent 12 months.

Launched in 2002, the Shangri-La Dialogue had been held yearly in Singapore. The defence summit was scheduled to happen from Jun 5 to 7.

“Trying on the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with epicentres now in Europe, UK and the US, and journey restrictions imposed by many nations, it could be a major problem to carry SLD as scheduled in early June,” mentioned Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in a Fb put up.

“Authorities leaders and delegations from practically 40 nations attend this premier safety dialogue, so it’s essential to offer advance discover now.”

“I thank all our defence companions for his or her sturdy assist to Singapore and the SLD over time. We look ahead to resuming the SLD subsequent 12 months.”

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