India and Sri Lanka will conduct a 12-day mega military exercise from Monday with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation.
The eighth edition of the ‘Mitra Shakti’ exercise will be conducted at the Combat Training School in Ampara from Monday to the 15th of October.
The Defence Ministry of India said, “The aim of the exercise is to promote close relations between armies of both countries and enhance inter-operability and sharing best practices in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.”
The Ministry said an all arms contingent of 120 personnel of the Indian Army will participate in the exercise along with a battalion-strength contingent of the Sri Lankan Army.
The Ministry said that the exercise will go a long way in further strengthening the relationship between both the South Asian nations and will act as a catalyst in bringing synergy and cooperation at the grassroot level between both armies.
The seventh edition of the Mitra Shakti exercise was conducted at the Foreign Training Node (FTN) in Pune in 2019.