Indian Army chief to visit Sri Lanka

The Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army General Bikram Singh and a delegation of senior Indian Army officials will visit Sri Lanka this week, army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.

The delegation will arrive on Wednesday, 19 December 2012.

Upon arrival he will call on the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya and attend the banquet hosted by the Commander.

On the 20th he will call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Navy, and Commander of the Air Force.

The same evening he will attend a commemoration parade and ceremony at the Memorial of the Indian Peace Keeping Force at Battaramulla. He will also meet the Indian High Commissioner at the Dinner hosted in his honor at India House.

On 21st December, the Indian Army Commander will visit Security Force Headquarters Vavunia and the Ex Combatants’ Rehabilitation Center at Poonthottam which will be followed by a visit to Anuradhapura heritage sites. He will also visit Abhimansala the wellness resort of the Sri Lanka Army disabled war heroes.

The Indian Army Chief will be the Chief Guest at the Sri Lanka Military Academy (Diyatalawa) Commissioning Parade of 157 Officer Cadets, which includes 18 female cadets. Two female cadets among them are from the Republic of Maldives. These 157 Officer Cadets will receive their commissioning swards from the Indian Army Chief. The parade will be held on 22 Dec.

The Indian Chief is also scheduled to donate a collection of books to the Sri Lanka Military Academy library and witness the final research presentation conducted by the passing out batch of Officer Cadets on the 21st evening.

On the 23rd after visiting Kandy Dalada Maligawa and sight seeing tour of the hill country the Chief of Indian Army Staff will leave for India.

This visit marks another important mile stone in the warm and cordial relations between the Indian and Sri Lanka armies which has endured over decades since independence, the army spokesman said.