Defense partnership with Lanka receives a boost

2022-08-16 17:03:37 Marine News

The security of India and Sri Lanka is enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust and cooperation, the Indian envoy Gopal Baghlay said as India handed over a Dornier Maritime surveillance aircraft to the Sri Lanka Navy to further boost bilateral defense partnership.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe was present at the handover ceremony.

The ceremony took place just before the Chinese spy ship got berthed in Hambantota port

Vice Chief of Indian Navy Vice Admiral S N Ghormade, who is on a two-day visit to the island nationy, accompanied by Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Gopal Baglay handed over the maritime surveillance aircraft to the Sri Lanka Navy at the Sri Lanka Airforce base in Katunayake adjoining the Colombo international airport.

"Security of India and Srilanka is enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust and cooperation. Gifting of Dornier 228 is India's latest contribution to this cause," High Commissioner Baglay said at the handing over event.

"Like fruits of other areas of cooperation with India, the gift of Dornier to @airforcelk is of relevance to and a step to meet its requirements for maritime safety and security. It is an example of India's strength adding to the strength of its friends," the Indian high Commissiner said.

The aircraft is being provided to Sri Lanka from the inventory of the Indian Navy to help the country meet its immediate security requirement, sources in New Delhi said.

The Indian Navy has already provided extensive training to a team from Sri Lanka's Navy and the Air Force to operate the maritime surveillance aircraft.

"Sri Lanka has been a key partner of India and we will continue to expand our bilateral defence cooperation in the months and years to come," a senior official said in New Delhi on condition of anonymity.

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