Indian Army chief Gen Naravane meets Sri Lanka’s prime navy management; discusses steps to spice up defence ties

Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane met Sri Lanka’s prime navy management on Wednesday and mentioned steps for additional enhancing the wonderful bilateral defence cooperation.

Gen Naravane, who arrived right here on Tuesday on a four-day go to on the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Gen Shavendra Silva, referred to as on General GDH Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), Secretary, Ministry of Defence, and mentioned steps to take ahead the wonderful defence cooperation between Sri Lanka and India, the Indian Army stated in a tweet.

He additionally visited the Army Headquarters the place he carried out Turnout Inspection and obtained a Guard of Honour. “COAS complimented the Guard for impeccable ‘Turnout & Parade’,” it stated in one other tweet.

Gen Naravane referred to as on Gen Shavendra Silva and mentioned points associated to boosting bilateral defence cooperation between two international locations. He additionally interacted with the senior officers of the Sri Lankan Army through the go to, the Indian Army stated.

Gen Naravane laid a wreath at Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKP) War Memorial right here and paid tributes to the bravehearts of the Indian Army who laid down their lives through the Peace Keeping Operations in Sri Lanka. He additionally interacted with the veterans of the Sri Lankan Army.

He had served within the IPKP in Sri Lanka’s north and east from 1987-1990. “(His) Visit will pave (the) way for deeper cooperation in defence between India and Sri Lanka,” the Indian High Commission right here stated in a tweet on Tuesday.

During his go to, Gen Naravane is anticipated to name on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who’s the Commander-in-Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

On Thursday, he’ll witness the ultimate demonstration of the continuing bilateral Exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’ at Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School within the east.

India and Sri Lanka final week started a 12-day mega navy train with a give attention to enhancing counter-terror cooperation on the Combat Training School within the island nation’s japanese district of Ampara.

The eighth version of the ‘Mitra Shakti’ train from October four to 15 acquired underway with the participation of an all arms contingent of 120 Indian Army personnel, headed by Colonel Prakash Kumar.

The joint navy train has been designed to reinforce understanding of transnational terrorism, inter-operability abilities, conduct of joint tactical operations, sharing of one another’s greatest practices and experiences, the Sri Lanka Army stated.

The annual coaching programme, which has largely contributed to strengthen bilateral navy cooperation, understanding and bonds of neighbourly relations between each companies, takes place alternately both in India or Sri Lanka yearly, it added.

Gen Naravane’s go to is happening every week after Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Sri Lanka and met the nation’s prime management and underscored the significance India attaches to expeditiously taking ahead mutually helpful initiatives. Shringla had additionally thanked President Rajapaksa for his steering and shut cooperation within the defence and safety sphere.


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