India to host Sri Lankan military-personnel to strengthen military ties
In a step to strengthen military ties, India will host Sri Lankan military personnel and their families next week. On June-24, an Indian Air Force aircraft would bring 160 people, all military personnel and their families from Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. The visitors would visit Officers Training Academy, Gaya and religious places, including Bodh Gaya on June-25. They would return to Colombo on June-26.
Sri Lanka was extremely enthusiastic over the visit proposal
During the recent Sri Lanka visit of Army chief Bipin Rawat, a proposal was discussed for visit of Sri Lankan military personnel and their families to the OTA in Gaya and the Buddhist religious site at Bodh Gaya. "The Sri Lankan side was extremely enthusiastic while the Ministry of Defense cleared the proposal from the Army chief on priority," Army Spokesperson Aman Anand said.
India, Sri Lanka share robust defense ties
"It's an achievement of the military diplomacy where all stakeholders have worked overtime to put it together in such a short time," Anand said. This year, India handed over a second advanced off-shore patrol vessel to Sri Lanka. The armies of India and Sri Lanka, along with five other countries would participate in a joint military-drill under the BIMSTEC forum in September this year.