The VII Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) kicks off in Russia

The VII Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) is currently underway in Russia.  The MCIS was launched by the Russian Ministry of Defence in 2012, and has since played a vital role in global and regional security affairs. Defence Ministers, government officials and security experts from all over the world have all gathered to come up with solutions to pressing security affairs. South Africa’s National Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula also makes out part of this delegation. Mapisa-Nqakula will meet with her Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu, to discuss various bilateral defence issues.

The Mercury reports that the focus of this year’s conference is the defeat of terrorists in Syria, where the Russians will talk about combating ISIL as well as “provide estimates on further development of the situation in the Middle East, including post-conflict rehabilitation.

Other security issues affecting Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America are also on the agenda, with a special plenary session dedicated to the “soft power” phenomenon as a tool to pursue military-political objectives.

Delegates from as many as 95 countries are expected to attended the 7th annual MCIS. Russian Ministry of Defence has said that 30 Defence Ministers globally have confirmed attendance, as well as members of 8 international organisations and 68 foreign security experts.

Additional reporting: The Mercury/ Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

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