India to offer “all possible assistance” to SL Army

The Indian Army would seriously take note of concerns raised by the Sri Lanka Army and do everything possible to accommodate the latter’s requirements, said Chief of Integrated Defence Staff of the Indian Army Lieutenant General Podali Shankar Rajeshwar said. He made these remarks at the 6th Annual Indo-Lanka Defence Dialogue held yesterday (8) at the Defence Ministry premises in Colombo.

According to the Sri Lanka Army, Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and visiting Indian Defence Secretary Sanjaya Mitra, who also attended the Dialogue, exchanged views on prevailing goodwill and understanding between Sri Lankan and Indian Armed Forces and underlined the importance of maintaining the status quo.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake spelt out how training modules between both Sri Lankan and Indian armies are currently conducted with focus on specific challenges in particular, the Army said. He also touched on the possible enhancement of new innovative technical knowledge among Sri Lanka Army personnel as well as receipt of more Indian instructors to local training establishments and possibilities of getting more openings for training in Indian military establishments.

The Sri Lanka Army Chief invited the Indian Army to facilitate Indian Officers and other rankers to participate in local training courses as well in Sri Lankaa. He also called upon the Indian Army to support joint operations against drug trafficking and sharing of intelligence in a more dynamic manner.

Since the Indian Army is well attuned to new global dimensions and challenges, Lieutenant General Senanayake said that he was grateful for the continuing support of the Indian Army for the conduct of several military training exercises in Sri Lanka and its importance to bilateral military relations. He also pointed out the need for more openings in Indian Army training establishments for Sri Lankan Army personnel in view of fast-changing global and regional priorities.

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