Doval meets Russian NSA; nod to intensify counter-terrorism ties

Doval meets Russian NSA; nod to intensify counter-terrorism ties

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Moscow, Aug 21 : National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who is here at the invitation of Secretary of the Russian National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, on Tuesday held talks on bilateral issues, including preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum next month. "Both sides reaffirmed their intention to intensify counter terrorism cooperation," said a statement from Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

"The longstanding position of both sides on importance of their bilateral consultations and mutual support for principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference of third parties was reiterated," the statement said. In a tweet, MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said: "NSA Ajit Doval met Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary, Russian National Security Council. Discussions focused on PM’s visit to Vladivostok, bilateral cooperation betwn the two National Security Councils, regional and international issues".

The MEA statement further said - "The discussions based on mutual trust and confidence showed identical or close positions on various issues characteristic of the Special and Privileged Strategic partnership between the two countries".  Doval also met Director of ROSCOSMOS Dmitry Rogozin to review ongoing cooperation in the space field and the Gaganyaan programme. Rogozin applauded the progress of the Chandrayaan programme and conveyed Russia’s support and best wishes for the mission’s success.UNI