India, Sri Lanka to conduct 12-day military exercise; focus on counter-terror cooperation
India and Sri Lanka will carry out a 12-day mega military exercise from Monday with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation.
''The aim of the exercise is to promote close relations between armies of both countries and enhance inter-operability and sharing best practices in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations,'' it said.
The ministry said an all arms contingent of 120 personnel of the Indian Army will participate in the exercise along with a battalion-strength contingent of the Sri Lankan Army. ''The exercise will involve tactical level operations at sub-unit level in an international counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment,'' it said in a statement.
The ministry said that the exercise will go a long way in further strengthening the relationship between both the South Asian nations and will act as a catalyst in bringing synergy and cooperation at the grassroot level between both armies.
Sri Lanka was rocked by a series of deadly bomb blasts in April 2019 in which over 300 people were killed.
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