Thursday, September 24, 2015
At the invitation of the Defence Secretary of India, Mr. Shri G Mohan Kumar, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi undertook an official visit to India on 21st September to participate at the 3rd Indo - Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue held in New Delhi.
Since its inception in 2012, the Annual Indo - Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue reviews the entire gamut of Defence Cooperation between the two countries while expanding its horizon into new areas of interests.
During interactions, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence emphasized the importance placed by His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena on enhancing the Defence and Security ties between the two countries.
Both sides further discussed on various issues of mutual interest and agreed on the necessity of continuing an active cooperation on Defence and security matters with a view of addressing common concerns and challenges for the establishment of security, peace and stability in the region.
It was also mutually agreed that, significant progress had been achieved since the 2nd Defence Dialogue held in Colombo (October 2014) including the successful conclusion of Staff-Talks between the respective Armed Forces, and the holding of the inaugural Staff-Talks between the Coast Guard Departments of both countries. Enhancement of bilateral ties in the areas of Training, Military and Defence Exchanges, Joint Exercises and Maritime Domain Awareness and assistance to the Sri Lanka Navy on the supply of off-shore patrol vessels, were some of the areas among others that were taken up for discussion.
During the visit the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence also paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Defence of India Hon. Rao Inderjit Singh and also met the Indian National Security Advisor Dr. Ajit K Doval.
The visiting Sri Lankan delegation was comprised of high-ranking officials including the Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India Mr. M R K Lenagala, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lt. Gen. A W J C De Silva, Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander Eastern Naval area of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral N B J Rosayro, Air Vice Marshal C R Gurusinghe of Sri Lanka Air Force, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard Department Rear Admiral G D A S Wimalathunga, Senior Assistant Secretary (Foreign Affairs) of the Ministry of Defence Ms. Sashikala Premawardhane and Defence Advisor to the Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi Captain W H U P Hewage.