New Delhi [India], Feb.1 : National Security Adviser Ajit Doval paid an official visit to Russia from January 30-31, 2017 at the invitation of Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of Russia.
The talks were part of regular high level consultations between India and Russia. Both sides discussed issues of mutual bilateral, regional and global interest, with a special focus on security and defense cooperation between both sides, an MEA release said.
Both NSAs noted with satisfaction the ongoing cooperation between them in meeting threats to their national security, particularly those emanating from terrorism in their respective regions, and unequivocally reaffirmed their intention to continue to work together to confront these challenges.
Doval and Patrushev noted that the Special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia was a great asset for both the peoples, and a factor of peace and stability in the region and the world.
They agreed to further strengthen this partnership in all areas. The two sides also highly evaluated the plans to celebrate the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Russia in 2017, and pledged to make 2017 a special year in the history of their relations.