India and Sri Lanka express desire to strengthen defence relationship to ensure peace in the region
India and Sri Lanka are committed to further strengthen the defence relationship between the two countries to ensure peace and security in the region
This was emphasized during a recent interaction between new Defence Adviser to Colombo-based Indian High Commission Captain Vikas Sood and with Sri Lankan defence leadership.
Both sides, as per Colombo Gazette observed that commonality of security concerns and challenges as well as the mutual resolve to address them for ensuring peace and security in the region.
Both sides also noted that regular high level exchanges and visits, joint training and exercises, ship visits and sports interactions are the key elements of this robust cooperation.
More than 50 per cent of all foreign military training slots in India are allocated to Sri Lanka defence personnel.
Satisfaction was expressed at several high level exchanges and interactions between the two countries in the field of defence this year, despite the travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Captain Vikas Sood conveyed India’s gratitude to Sri Lankan Navy and Sri Lanka Ports Authority for held extended by them in repatriating Indian nationals from the island country in June when INS Jalashwa undertook a visit to the country