Army Chief’s 4 day visit to Sri Lanka from Monday

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Chief of Army staff Bipin Rawat

New Delhi: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat will be in Sri Lanka for four days from Monday. This will be his first visit as Chief of Army Staff to the neighbouring country. In his four day tour, Army chief is scheduled to meet the political and military brass of Sri Lanka during his visit. According to the Defence Ministry his visit is part of efforts to strengthen military cooperation between the two country.

“The visit assumes significance in the light of India’s persistent efforts to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and military cooperation based on mutual interests and understanding,” a Ministry statement said. The Indian Army has been catering not only for training requirements of its Sri Lankan counterparts, including imparting specific tailor-made training in different fields, but also providing military hardware, it said.

According to the statement, Gen Rawat will inaugurate a communication laboratory at the School of Signals in Kandy. The institute was conceptualised and established by the Indian Army to train Sri Lanka Army Signal Corps personnel. He will also visit Sri Lanka’s military academy at Diyatalawa as part of exchange of best practices related to pre-commissioning training followed by the two armies.

Apart from interaction with senior leadership of the three defence services, the Army chief will meet regional military commanders at Kandy and Trincomalee.“The visit is yet another milestone in reaching out to our immediate neighborhood and take forward the military-to-military cooperation to the next level,” the statement added.