3 Apr 2018 18:16

Russian, Indian defense ministers see Moscow security conference as important forum for discussing counterterrorism

MOSCOW. April 3 (Interfax) - The seventh Moscow Conference on International Security scheduled for April 4-5 will be an important forum to discuss both counterterrorism and post-conflict settlement efforts, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Moscow on Tuesday.

Shoigu said he saw his Indian counterpart's visit to Moscow as yet another chance to discuss bilateral military and military-technical cooperation.

Russia and India marked the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in 2017, he said.

The two countries have done a lot in this time, and Tuesday's talks and the Indian delegation's work at the conference should help bolster cooperation, Shoigu said.

"Our conference has become an important forum for discussing security issues, both the most challenging ones as regards the fight against terrorism in regions, and reconstruction prospects after their liberation from terrorists," Shoigu said.

Sitharaman thanked Shoigu for inviting her to the conference and described it as very well-timed.