Annual Indo-Lanka Defence Dialogue held in India
The fifth Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue was held in
New Delhi, India on the 09th (January 2018).The Sri Lankan
delegation was led by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr.Kapila
The ten member Indian delegation, led by the Indian
Defence Secretary, Shri Sanjay Mitra included high ranking Indian
Defence Ministry and Foreign Ministry officials, senior Army, Navy, Air
Force and Coast Guard officers.
The Sri Lankan delegation included, Commander of the
Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Additional Secretary (Defence)
of the Ministry of Defence, Mr. RMS Sarath Kumara, Director General of
South Asian and SAARC Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr.
MAK Girihagama, Chief of Staff of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal GLS Dias,
Director General Operation of Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Piyal De
Silva, Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha
Wimalatunga and Major General GLJ Waduge.
Since its inception in 2012, the Annual Indo - Sri
Lanka Defence Dialogue reviews a range of Defence Cooperation between
the two neighbouring countries while giving attention to other areas of
interests as well.
The 4th Indo-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue was held in
Colombo in November (03rd) last year.
During his visit to India, Secretary Waidyaratne also
visited the Goa Shipyard and INS Hanza Naval Base in Goa. On his visit
to the Kochi Naval Base he also met the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief
of the Southern Naval Area of the Indian Navy. The Secretary also
visited the sacred sites at Bodh Gaya.