India and Sri Lanka have agreed to increase the complexity of bilateral exercises during the review of Ongoing Defense cooperation activities between the two countries.
The issue came up for discussion in the annual defense dialogue between the two countries held in New Delhi on February 23rd. In the context of training, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to avail maximum benefits from each other’s experience and capacities.
Mr Giridhar Aramane thanked General Kamal Gunaratne and his delegation for a fruitful dialogue and stated that India looks forward to continued engagement based on the common understanding reached at the dialogue.
The Indian delegation also included officials from Ministry of Defense, Headquarters Integrated Defense Staff, Service Headquarters and Ministry of External Affairs. The Sri Lankan delegation included Commander of Sri Lankan Air Force Air Marshal SK Pathirana amongst other senior dignitaries.
This Annual Defense Dialogue is the highest institutionalized interactive mechanism between both the countries. Its significance in chartering the future course of the relations between the Armed Forces of India and Sri Lanka was highlighted by the importance given to the talks by both sides.
The Armed Forces of both countries continue to seek bilateral cooperation in multiple fields and increased engagements are a positive sign for the future of bilateral relations.