5th Indo-SL Defence Dialogue concludes in Delhi

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By 2018-01-16

The fifth Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue was held in New Delhi, India earlier this month. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, President's Counsel Kapila Waidyaratne.

The 10- member Indian delegation, led by the Indian Defence Secretary, Shri Sanjay Mitra included high ranking Indian Defence Ministry and Foreign Ministry officials, senior Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard officers.

The Sri Lankan delegation included, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Additional Secretary (Defence) of the Ministry of Defence, R.M.S. Sarath Kumara, Director General of South Asian and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, M.A.K. Girihagama, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal G.L.S. Dias, Director General Operation of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalatunga and Major General G.L.J. Waduge.

Since its inception in 2012, the Annual Indo - Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue reviews a range of Defence Cooperation between the two neighbouring countries while giving attention to other areas of interests as well.

The Fourth Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue was held in Colombo on 3 November of last year.

During his visit to India, Secretary Waidyaratne also visited the Goa Shipyard and INS Hanza Naval Base in Goa. On his visit to the Kochi Naval Base he also met the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Southern Naval Area of the Indian Navy. The Secretary also visited the sacred sites at Buddha Gaya.

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