Army Chief Naravane meets Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa to boost defence ties

By India Today

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army, General MM Naravane, called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. During the meeting, the PM expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by the Indian Armed Forces to Sri Lanka throughout the years.

The two delegations also discussed regional concerns over growing fundamentalism and terrorism, boosting defence ties and the importance of caring for veterans after their service to the country.

Before meeting the Sri Lankan PM, the COAS called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and discussed mutual and strategic cooperation issues. Earlier, he laid a wreath at the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) War Memorial in Colombo, paying tribute to the soldiers of the Indian Army who laid down their lives during the Peace Keeping Operations in Sri Lanka’s civil war.

On Thursday, the Indian Army Chief will witness the final demonstration of the ongoing bilateral Exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’ at Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School in the eastern part of the country.

General Naravane arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday on a four-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, General Shavendra Silva.

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