Military, Air and Naval Attaché of the Embassy of Russian Federation in Sri Lanka, Col. Denis I. Shkoda who will be completing his tenure in due course, made a farewell call on the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) at the Defence Ministry, today (June 4).
The Defence Secretary along with the Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Chairperson Chithrani Gunaratne warmly welcomed Col. Shkoda and Mrs. Shkoda on their arrival.
During the cordial gathering, Col. Shkoda expressed his gratitude to the Defence Secretary for the cooperation extended by the Defence Ministry during his tenure.
Meanwhile, recalling the long-standing relationship and the cherished bilateral ties between two countries Gen. Gunaratne praised the outgoing Military, Air and Naval Attaché Col. Shkoda for his close cooperation had with the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry and its staff.
He also commended for his cooperation that led to strengthen the existing ties between two countries further.
Mementos and gifts were also exchanged to mark the occasion.
The event was held in keeping with the stipulated healthcare guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Military Liaison Officer Brig. Dinesh Nanayakkara, Additional Secretary (Defence) PBSC Nonis and Defence Ministry Officials were also present at the occasion.