Colombo, Agency. Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane is on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka. During this he reached the Indian Peace Keeping Force War Memorial. According to the Indian Army, “Army Chief General MM Naravane paid floral tributes at the Indian Peace Keeping Force War Memorial (Sri Lanka) and paid homage to the bravehearts of the Indian Army who laid down their lives during the peace operation in Sri Lanka.” He also interacted with veterans of the Sri Lankan Army. Naravane had reached Sri Lanka on Tuesday on a four-day visit.

It was told that during his visit he would hold talks with the Sri Lankan leadership and top military officials on issues such as the intensification of bilateral military ties as well as challenges to regional security. Let us tell you that the Sri Lankan visit of General Naravane is considered important amid China’s efforts to increase influence in the island nation.

Naravane had arrived in Colombo at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart General Shavendra Silva, where he was warmly received at the airport by the top military commander. At the same time, the Indian High Commission in Colombo had tweeted, ‘Gen Naravane’s visit will further strengthen military cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.’ It was told that General Naravane can also meet the Supreme Commander of the Sri Lankan Army and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Sri Lankan army had said, “General Naravane will be given a special guard salute with a colorful guard turnout at the military headquarters on Wednesday.” General Naravane will witness the final performance of the ongoing bilateral military exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’ at the Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School on Thursday. The eighth edition of the 12-day long bilateral military exercise began on October 4. Its aim is to develop common cooperation between the two countries to counter terrorism.

Edited By: Nitin Arora