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

Indian Military chief Normal 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, known as on Normal 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 Military mentioned in a tweet.

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

Gen Naravane known 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 Military in the course of the go to, the Indian Military mentioned.

Gen Naravane laid a wreath at Indian Peace Preserving Power (IPKP) Conflict Memorial right here and paid tributes to the bravehearts of the Indian Military who laid down their lives in the course of the Peace Preserving Operations in Sri Lanka. He additionally interacted with the veterans of the Sri Lankan Military.

He had served within the IPKP in Sri Lanka’s north and east from 1987-1990. “(His) Go to will pave (the) means for deeper cooperation in defence between India and Sri Lanka,” the Indian Excessive Fee right here mentioned in a tweet on Tuesday.

Throughout his go to, Gen Naravane is predicted 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 continued bilateral Train ‘Mitra Shakti’ at Maduru Oya Particular Forces Coaching College 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 Fight Coaching College within the island nation’s jap district of Ampara.

The eighth version of the ‘Mitra Shakti’ train from October 4 to fifteen obtained underway with the participation of an all arms contingent of 120 Indian Military personnel, headed by Colonel Prakash Kumar.

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

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 per week after Overseas 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 tasks. Shringla had additionally thanked President Rajapaksa for his steerage and shut cooperation within the defence and safety sphere.

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