India and Sri Lanka have resolved to address security concerns to ensure peace and security in the region.
The new Defence Adviser to the High Commission of India Captain (Indian Navy) Vikas Sood has had interactions with the leadership of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence and armed forces in the past week, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.
Captain Sood paid courtesy calls on Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lt Gen. Shavendra Silva and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne recently.
During these meetings, a range of matters of mutual interest in bilateral defence cooperation was discussed. Strong commitment to further strengthen the defence relationship between the two countries was reiterated by participants on both sides.
It was noted that India and Sri Lanka enjoy a strong and growing defence relationship pillared on extensive cooperation in capacity building, such as through training, and other close linkages.
More than 50% of all foreign military training slots in India are allocated to Sri Lankan defence personnel.
It was observed that commonality of security concerns and challenges as well as the mutual resolve to address them for ensuring peace and security in shared region guide the bilateral defence ties.
Regular high level exchanges and visits, joint training and exercises, ship visits and sports interactions are the key elements of this robust cooperation.
It was noted that the participation of more than 400 personnel from tri-services of Sri Lanka in the celebration of ‘International Day of Yoga’ on 21 June this year at Sri Lanka Army Headquarters is a further testimony to the close professional and cultural affinity between the two countries and their armed forces.