Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane arrived in Colombo on October 12 on an official visit during which he will meet the top civilian and military leadership of Sri Lanka and discuss avenues for further enhancing bilateral defence cooperation.
Gen. Naravane, who arrived in Colombo on a four-day visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Gen. Shavendra Silva, was extended a warm welcome by the top Sri Lankan General at the airport.
“Gen. Naravane arrived in Sri Lanka and was extended a warm welcome by General Shavendra Silva Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of Sri Lankan Army at the airport,” the Indian Army said in a tweet.
“[His] Visit will pave [the] way for deeper cooperation in defence between India and Sri Lanka,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a tweet.
During his visit, Gen. Naravane is expected to call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
On October 13, Gen. Naravane would be honoured at the Army Headquarters in a “colourful Guard Turnout plus in an elegantly-dressed special Guard of Honour salute”, the Lankan Army said.