The 2nd Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Foreign Ministers’ Retreat will begin today in New Delhi. The External Affairs Ministry has informed that External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will host his BIMSTEC counterparts at the event.

The two day event will provide an opportunity for the grouping’s members to broaden and deepen cooperation across sectors including in the fields of

security, connectivity, trade and investment in the Bay of Bengal region and littoral areas.

The first edition of the BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers’ Retreat was held in Bangkok of Thailand, in July last year. BIMSTEC is a grouping of seven South and Southeast Asian countries for multifaceted cooperation. Besides India, the BIMSTEC comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.

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