September 29, 2022

In a first Indian Army Chief visits Sri Lanka to enhance bilateral defence relations

New Delhi, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane proceeded on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka from October 12 to 16. This is his first visit to Sri Lanka as COAS.

During the visit, he will be meeting the country’s senior military and civilian leadership where he will discuss avenues for enhancing India-Sri Lanka defence relations. The Army Chief will take forward the excellent defence cooperation between Sri Lanka and India through multiple meetings with senior officials of the security establishment and exchange views on various defence related issues.

He will interact with the Service Chiefs, visit the Headquarters of the Sri Lankan Army, the Gajaba Regimental Headquarters and the Sri Lankan Military Academy.

The COAS will witness the culmination phase of the joint exercise between India and Sri Lanka, “Exercise Mitra Shakti”, and later address the students and faculty at the Defence Services Command and Staff College at Batalanda.

The Army Chief is also scheduled to call on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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