Madagascar To Mull Boosting Security Ties With Russia After Moscow Conference - Minister

Madagascar to Mull Boosting Security Ties With Russia After Moscow Conference - Minister

Madagascar will consider ways to increase security cooperation with Russia after the country's delegation returns from the Conference on International Security held in Moscow, Gen. Richard Rakotonirina, the country's defense minister, told Sputnik

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 25th April, 2019) Madagascar will consider ways to increase security cooperation with Russia after the country's delegation returns from the Conference on International Security held in Moscow, Gen. Richard Rakotonirina, the country's defense minister, told Sputnik.

"It's our first time at this security conference, so on our return to Madagascar we will see together with our authorities how we could deepen this relations in terms of security, in the sphere of training of our personnel for example. In 1979 Madagascar has trained a number of its people in Russia in aviation and other spheres," the minister said.

Rakotonirina added that there was "a lot of common ground" for the bilateral cooperation.

"Firstly it includes development, because poverty is fertile ground for terrorism. How to ensure we have a fruitful cooperation? That would be very interesting for Madagascar in terms of constructing infrastructure, agriculture, farming, but also in terms of security, training, equipment," the minister said.

The three-day conference began on Tuesday.