Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense, met in Moscow Wednesday with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries, the emphasis on strategic partnerships in the fields of defense and security cooperation, opportunities for developing them in various fields, and latest developments in the region.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Minister of Defense Mohammed AlAyesh, Military Advisor to Minister of Defense Major General Engineer Talal Al-Otaibi, Military Attaché to the Russian Federation Brigadier Mohammed AlMutairi and a number of senior officials of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Prince Khalid bin Salman and his accompanying delegation arrived in Moscow Tuesday on an official visit to participate in the 8th international security conference and to hold several meetings.
Upon his arrival, he was received by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qarmali, and a number of Senior civilian and military officials.
For his part, Bahrain’s Minister of Defense Affairs Lieutenant General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi also participated in the 8th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS), Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The Defense Minister affirmed Bahrain’s continuous support to the international counterterrorism efforts to promote peace worldwide.
The eighth Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) was held under the auspices of the Russian Defense Ministry at the Radisson Collection Hotel in Moscow on 23 to 25 April.
Earlier this week, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin indicated that 1,000 representatives from 111 countries, including Defense Ministers, Chiefs-of-Staff and senior military officials, were expected to attend the conference.
Fomin welcomed the delegations of 16 Arab countries to this year’s conference, which he attributed to the increased interest in enhancing dialogue with Moscow in various fields, especially security and stability in the region.
The Arab attendance adds exceptional importance to the discussions that will take place during the conference’s sessions, some of which will be open to the participants, while closed sessions will be held to discuss some sensitive issues, he explained.
Speaking to reporters, Fomin indicated that participants will discuss the situation in the Middle East, with emphasis on stabilizing Syria and Iraq, counter-terrorism issues and ways to strengthen efforts in providing humanitarian assistance to areas of conflict.
The meetings will also include discussions on peacekeeping, strengthening military cooperation and regional security in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to the Deputy Defense Minister.
Moscow’s annual security event has become one of the most important international conferences on military and security issues.