India and Sri Lanka Starts Defense Cooperation

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane and the top civilian and military leaders of Sri Lanka discussed on Wednesday steps to further enhance the defense cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

General Naravane’s visit to Sri Lanka was in time for the last leg of the 12-day joint military exercise designed to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and India.

“(His) Visit will pave (the) way for deeper cooperation in defense between India and Sri Lanka,” the Economic Times reported.

A total of 120 Indian Army personnel led by Colonel Prakash Kumar participated in the military exercise.

Gen. Naravane told Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa that the positive interactions between India and Sri Lanka would help cement their bilateral relations.

“Between the two armed forces, we have an excellent relationship,” Gen. Naravane said

Gen. Naravane served the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka’s north and east from 1987-1990.

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