Date : 21 Feb 2022
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Why in News?
- External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held a series of one-to-one meetings with Ministers from Europe, Asia and other parts of the world on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany.
About the Munich Security Conference
- The Munich Security Conference is an annual conference on international security policy that has been held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1963.
- Over the past four decades the Munich Security Conference has become the most important independent forum for the exchange of views by international security policy decision-makers.
- The list of attendees includes heads of states, governments and international organizations, ministers, members of parliament, high-ranking representatives of armed forces, science, civil society, as well as business and media.
Munich Security Conference 2022
- The 58rd Munich Security Conference took place from 18 to 20 February 2022.
- The motto was "Turning the Tide – Unlearning Helplessness".
- It was attended by over 30 Heads of State, 100 ministers and the heads of many of the most important international organizations like NATO, the EU and the UN.
- This conference was held on a smaller scale than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was largely dominated by talks about the Russo-Ukrainian Crisis escalation.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres notably said that the world was in a more precarious security situation than during the Cold War.
- US Vice President Kamala Harris also said that the US was ready to hit Moscow with tough sanctions in the event of an attack.
- Russia was not present at the conference