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SL Troops to India on educational visit

An International Collaboration Visit to India has been initiated for Sri Lanka Armed Forces’ Officers by the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) in India.

The delegation of 39 Officers will learn about the functioning of three Service Headquarters in New Delhi and get familiarised with routine of Tri-Services field formations. Several interactions with top Armed Forces Officials and visits to various industries and cultural sites have also been included during the visit. The visit will be facilitated by High Commission of India, Colombo.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob and Assistant Defence Adviser Lt, Colonel Puneet Sushil visited the DSCSC on September 4 to interact with the delegation and see them off for the visit to India. The Deputy High Commissioner stressed that India and Sri Lanka have centuries old umbilical linkage underpinned by Buddhism and people to people ties. Therefore, the initiative has hit the “right chord” and is central to constructively engaging with the hearts and minds of Sri Lanka Armed Forces.

DSCSC Deputy Commandant Major General Lalith Herath appreciated India’s efforts and persistent support towards the visit. He said that the visit will immensely contribute towards developing greater understanding among the student officers about India’s culture, technical prowess and the structure of elite Indian Armed Forces.

These visits are an initiative to promote camaraderie and bonhomie among the Armed Forces of both countries. They testify to India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy with specific focus on industrial expertise in the overall defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka. This will also provide an ideal platform to develop personal and everlasting bonds of friendship between the Armed Forces of the two countries who already share a deep and robust professional relationship.

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