Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Mukund Naravane has embarked on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka from October 12-16, during which he will be meeting the country’s senior military and civil leaders to enhance defence cooperation between two nations. This is the Army chief’s first visit to Sri Lanka.

“The Army Chief will take forward the excellent defence cooperation between Sri Lanka and India through multiple meetings with senior officials of the security establishment and exchange views on various defence related issues,” a statement from the defence ministry said.

Indian Army chief General MM Naravane arrived in Sri Lanka today and he was extended a warm welcome by General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of Sri Lankan Army at the airport.

He is also scheduled to call on the Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Gen Naravane’s visit comes days after foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla travelled to the island nation and held extensive talks with the top leaders of the country to boost cooperation in a range of areas.

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