Indo-Sri Lanka Annual Defence Dialogue concludes successfully
At the invitation of the Defence Secretary of India,
Mr. Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence of Sri
Lanka Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi undertook an official visit to India
on 21st September to participate at the 3rd Indo - Sri
Lanka Defence Dialogue held in New Delhi.
Since its inception in 2012, the Annual Indo - Sri
Lanka Defence Dialogue reviews the entire gamut of Defence Cooperation
between the two countries while expanding its horizon into new areas of
During interactions, the Secretary to the
Ministry of Defence emphasized the importance placed by His Excellency
the President Maithripala Sirisena on enhancing the Defence and Security
ties between the two countries.
Both sides further discussed on various issues of
mutual interest and agreed on the necessity of continuing an active
cooperation on Defence and security matters with a view of addressing
common concerns and challenges for the establishment of security, peace
and stability in the region.
It was also mutually agreed that, significant progress
had been achieved since the 2nd Defence Dialogue held in Colombo
(October 2014) including the successful conclusion of Staff-Talks
between the respective Armed Forces, and the holding of the inaugural
Staff-Talks between the Coast Guard Departments of both countries.
Enhancement of bilateral ties in the areas of Training, Military and
Defence Exchanges, Joint Exercises and Maritime Domain Awareness and
assistance to the Sri Lanka Navy on the supply of off-shore patrol
vessels, were some of the areas among others that were taken up for
During the visit the Secretary to the Ministry of
Defence also paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Defence
of India Hon. Rao Inderjit Singh and also met the Indian National
Security Advisor Dr. Ajit K Doval.
The visiting Sri Lankan delegation was comprised of
high-ranking officials including the Acting High Commissioner of Sri
Lanka in India Mr. M R K Lenagala, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lt.
Gen. A W J C De Silva, Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander Eastern Naval
area of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral N B J Rosayro, Air Vice Marshal
C R Gurusinghe of Sri Lanka Air Force, Director General of the Sri Lanka
Coast Guard Department Rear Admiral G D A S Wimalathunga, Senior
Assistant Secretary (Foreign Affairs) of the Ministry of Defence Ms.
Sashikala Premawardhane and Defence Advisor to the Sri Lankan High
Commission in New Delhi Captain W H U P Hewage.