Sri Lanka and India begin defence talks

Karunasena HettiarachchiSri Lanka and India will hold defence talks in New Delhi on the sidelines of the annual defence dialogue which began today.

A Sri Lankan delegation is in India for the ‘3rd India – Sri Lanka Annual Defence Dialogue’ where security related issues will be discussed.

Sri Lanka’s delegation, comprises of Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Secretary to Ministry of Defence, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva, Commander of the Army, Rear Admiral N.B.J Rosayro, Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander, Eastern Naval Area of Sri Lanka Navy, Air Vice Marshal C.R Gurusinghe, Representative, Sri Lanka Air Force, Rear Admiral G.D.A.S Wimalathunga, Director General, Sri Lanka Coast Guard Department, Mr M.R.K Lenagala, Deputy High Commissioner, Sri Lanka High Commission, New Delhi and Ms Sashikala Premawardhane, Senior Assistant Secretary, Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence.

The two-day (Sept 21 – 22) event will see cordial discussions which will focus on several issues of bilateral importance, the army media unit said.

The ‘India – Sri Lanka Annual Defence Dialogue’ was inaugurated in 2012 as a forum for exchange of views on defence cooperation initiatives, regional and maritime security issues and for further strengthening bilateral defence ties between the two neighbouring nations.

Sri Lanka Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Indian Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar are expected to have talks on the sidelines of the event.

During their stay, the Sri Lankan delegation will also call on several high ranking officials of the Indian defence establishment. (Colombo Gazette)