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NSA Doval meets Russian counterpart in Moscow, reaffirms counter-terrorism cooperation

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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 21, 2019, 06.57 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday met with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Moscow and discussed the Kashmir issue. 

Russia supported India's position on Kashmir. Both the parties reiterated the importance of bilateral consultations and mutual support for principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Non-interference of third parties was also reiterated. Doval's Moscow visit comes on Patrushev's invite. 

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"NSA’s talks with his Russian counterpart covered preparations for PM’s visit to Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum in early September, bilateral cooperation between the two National Security Councils as well as regional and international issues," read the press release.  

Russia and India reaffirmed their intention to bolster counter-terrorism cooperation. 

"Doval also met director of ROSCOSMOS Dmitry Rogozin to review ongoing cooperation in the space field and the Gaganyaan programme," the press release added.  

Space cooperation was also on the table. Rogozin lauded the progress of the Chandrayaan programme and conveyed Russia’s support and best wishes for the Mission’s success. 

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom and France have called Kashmir a bilateral issue and urged a resolution of the issue through dialogue.

In a conversation between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, both sides discussed the ongoing India-Pakistan tensions, with the latter urging dialogue to resolve the issue.

A UK government readout said,"The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi discussed the current situation in Kashmir. The Prime Minister made clear that the UK views the issue of Kashmir is one for India and Pakistan to resolve bilaterally. He underlined the importance of resolving issues through dialogue."

Pakistan's foreign minister SM Qureshi spoke to French Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during which France reiterated its position on Kashmir that its a bilateral issue. 

"It is up to the two countries, under the framework of their bilateral political dialogue, to resolve this dispute so as to establish lasting peace", French readout on Le Drian-Qureshi talks said. 

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Russia supported India's position on the Kashmir issue. Both the parties reiterated the importance of bilateral consultations and mutual support for principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.