Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane will arrive in Sri Lanka today on a five-day goodwill visit on the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva.
During his visit, Gen Naravane is expected to call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Tomorrow, Gen Naravane will be honoured at the Army Headquarters in a “colourful Guard Turnout plus in an elegantly-dressed special Guard of Honour salute”.
On Thursday, he will witness the final demonstration of the ongoing bilateral Exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’ at Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School in the east.
India and Sri Lanka last week commenced a 12-day mega military exercise with a focus on enhancing counter-terror cooperation at the Combat Training School in Ampara.
Gen Naravane, who will lead a five-member delegation, is expected to pay floral tributes to the Indian Peace Keeping Force War Heroes at the monument.
He had served in the IPKP in Sri Lanka’s north and east from 1987-1990.
The eighth edition of the ‘Mitra Shakti’ exercise from October 4 to 15 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 Sri Lanka Army said the annual training programme, which has largely contributed to strengthen bilateral military cooperation, understanding and bonds of neighbourly relations between both services, takes place alternately either in India or Sri Lanka every year.