Indian Army Commander General Manoj Mukund Naravane is due to arrive in the island today (12), on a five-day goodwill visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart General Shavendra Silva.
During his visit, General Naravane is expected to call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He is to be honoured at the Army Headquarters in a “colourful guard turnout plus in an elegantly-dressed special guard of honour salute” tomorrow (13).
He is also scheduled to witness the final demonstration of the ongoing bilateral exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’ at Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School in the East on Thursday (14),
India and Sri Lanka last week began a 12-day mega military exercise with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation at the Combat Training School in Ampara.
The eighth edition of the ‘Mitra Shakti’ exercise from 4 – 15 October got underway with the participation of an all-arms contingent of 120 Indian Army personnel, headed by Colonel Prakash Kumar.
The joint military exercise has been designed to enhance understanding of transnational terrorism, inter-operability skills, conduct of joint tactical operations, sharing of each other’s best practices and experiences.
The annual training programme, which has largely contributed to strengthen bilateral military cooperation, understanding and bonds of neighborly relations between both services, takes place alternately either in India or Sri Lanka every year.
General Naravane, who would be leading a five-member delegation, is expected to pay floral tributes to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) War Heroes at the monument located here.
He had served in the IPKP in Sri Lanka’s north and east from 1987-1990.