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Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:12

5th India - Sri Lanka Annual Defence Dialogue

The fifth India-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue was held in New Delhi, India on the 09th (January 2018).The Sri Lankan delegation was led by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr.Kapila Waidyaratne PC and the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Additional Secretary (Defence) of the Ministry of Defence, Mr. RMS Sarath Kumara, Director General of South Asian and SAARC Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. MAK Girihagama, Chief of Staff of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal GLS Dias, Director General Operation of Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalatunga Major General GLJ Waduge and Defence Adviser of the Sri Lanka High Commission In Delhi Captain Suresh De Silva.

The ten member 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 joined the meeting from the Indian side.

Since 2012, the annual India Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue reviews a range of areas within the defence cooperation field.

During the visit to India, Secretary Waidyaratne also visited the Goa Shipyard and INS Hansa Naval Base in Goa and INS Garuda in Kochi. 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 Bodh Gaya.