Indian Army chief Gen Naravane meets Sri Lanka’s top military leadership; discusses steps to boost defence ties
Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane met Sri Lankas top military leadership on Wednesday and discussed steps for further enhancing the excellent bilateral defence cooperation.Gen Naravane, who arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Gen Shavendra Silva, called on General GDH Kamal Gunaratne Retd, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, and discussed steps to take forward the excellent defence cooperation between Sri Lanka and India, the Indian Army said in a tweet.He also visited the Army Headquarters where he carried out Turnout Inspection and received a Guard of Honour.
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Gen Naravane, who arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Gen Shavendra Silva, called on General GDH Kamal Gunaratne (Retd), Secretary, Ministry of Defence, and discussed steps to take forward the excellent defense cooperation between Sri Lanka and India, the Indian Army said in a tweet.
He also visited the Army Headquarters where he carried out Turnout Inspection and received a Guard of Honour. "COAS complimented the Guard for impeccable 'Turnout & Parade'," it said in another tweet.
Gen Naravane called on Gen Shavendra Silva and discussed issues related to boosting bilateral defense cooperation between two countries. He also interacted with the senior officers of the Sri Lankan Army during the visit, the Indian Army said.
Gen Naravane laid a wreath at Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKP) War Memorial here and paid tributes to the Bravehearts of the Indian Army who laid down their lives during the Peace Keeping Operations in Sri Lanka. He also interacted with the veterans of the Sri Lankan Army.
On Thursday, he will witness the final demonstration of the ongoing bilateral Exercise 'Mitra Shakti' at Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School in the east.
India and Sri Lanka last week began a 12-day mega military exercise with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation at the Combat Training School in the island nation's eastern district of Ampara.
The eighth edition of the 'Mitra Shakti' exercise from October 4 to 15 got underway with the participation of an all arms contingent of 120 Indian Army personnel, headed by Colonel Prakash Kumar.
The joint military exercise has been designed to enhance understanding of transnational terrorism, inter-operability skills, conduct of joint tactical operations, sharing of each other's best practices and experiences, the Sri Lanka Army said.
The annual training program, which has largely contributed to strengthening bilateral military cooperation, understanding, and bonds of neighborly relations between both services, takes place alternately either in India or Sri Lanka every year, it added.
Gen Naravane's visit is taking place a week after Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited Sri Lanka and met the country's top leadership and underscored the importance India attaches to expeditiously taking forward mutually beneficial projects. Shringla had also thanked President Rajapaksa for his guidance and close cooperation in the defense and security sphere.
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