High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

India – Sri Lanka defence cooperation further strengthened PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Thursday, 06 January 2011 06:12
The Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and visiting Indian Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar discussed ways and means of enhancing defence ties between the two countries and agreed on several programmes on bilateral cooperation. Mr. Kumar paid a three day official visit to Sri Lanka, which concluded on December 29.

During discussions at the Ministry of Defence in Colombo, the two Defence Secretaries reviewed extensively the state of their defence cooperation and agreed to strengthen their existing links, especially in the field of training and service exchanges. The two sides also reviewed major ongoing projects, including reactivation of Palaly airport as a regional civil aviation hub and of Kankesanthurai harbour for regional and domestic trade and commerce.

They also decided to hold a formal Annual Defence Dialogue beginning in 2011, for which Indian Defence Secretary invited Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to visit India.

It was also agreed to commence staff-level talks between the navies and armies of the two countries and conduct a joint naval exercise between the navies of the two countries in2011.
Mr. Kumar who arrived in the country on December 27 at the invitation of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, accompanied a delegation of senior officers from the Indian ministries of Defence and External Affairs, as well as from the Indian Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Mr. Kumar paid a courtesy calls on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees and External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L.Peiris at the Ministry. During his visit, the Indian Secretary also payed homage at the Memorial to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) troops killed by the LTTE.