Mapisa-Nqakula in Russia for security conference


Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is currently in Russia attending the Seventh Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

While in the Russian capital she will meet her Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu on the sidelines of the conference where, according to her office, “a variety of bilateral defence issues will be discussed”.

The Moscow visit comes just over four months after Mapisa-Nqakula made her maiden visit to Serbia. There she met with Serbian defence minister Aleksandar Vulin to “explore” defence co-operation and strengthen bilateral relations.

No details of the bilateral talks are given but expectations are they will be along the same lines as November’s Serbian visit. Defence co-operation was given as a major agenda item from the Belgrade meetings.

The Moscow conference, which ends on Thursday, is expected to pay particular attention to terrorism in Syria as well as issues facing Europa, Asia, Africa and Latin America according to a statement issued by the Defence Ministry.

MCIS was a Russian Ministry of Defence initiative that first saw the light of day in 2012 and is seen as important in global and regional security affairs with defence ministers, senior government officials and security experts from all over the world attending.

Delegates from 95 countries are expected at the 2018 edition of MCIS, with no less than 30 defence ministers having confirmed their attendance. Eight international organisations, among them the UN and NATO, will also be present.