Indian Navy Chief to have talks with Sri Lankan officials

navy-chief-admiral-sunil-lanbaIndian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is on a five-visit to Sri Lanka beginning from today, UNI reported.

The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Sri Lanka, an official statement said.

During his visit, the chief will hold bilateral discussions with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and various senior dignitaries including the Chief of Defence Staff and the three Service Chiefs.

The Admiral will also attend the ‘Galle Dialogue’ which is being held at Colombo. The Galle Dialogue is an annual conference hosted by Sri Lanka on the issues of Maritime Security and Cooperation between international navies.

Representatives from 39 countries and 13 international organisations are likely to participate in the event.

Admiral Lanba would be delivering Key-Note address on ‘India’s perspective on the benefits of Strategic Maritime Partnerships’, during the event.

“There exists a robust Naval cooperation between India and Sri Lanka encompassing a wide span which includes operational interactions through bilateral exercises, coordinated patrolling along the common maritime border, Training, Port Calls, Capacity Building and Capacity Augmentation initiatives” the statement said.

The Navy Chief will also lay a wreath at the IPKF memorial, which has been built by Sri Lanka to honour Indian Martyrs. (Colombo Gazette)

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