Sept 23, New Delhi: India and Sri Lanka discussed enhancing ties and cooperation in Defense and Security relations between the two countries during the 3rd India-Sri Lanka Defense Dialogue ended Tuesday (22).
Sri Lanka's delegation for the 3rd Dialogue held in New Delhi was headed by Secretary to Ministry of Defense Karunasena Hettiarachchi and comprised Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard representatives.
During the stay in India, the Sri Lankan Defense Secretary met with the Indian Minister of State for Defense Rao Inderjit Singh and India's National Security Advisor, Dr Ajit K. Doval.
During interactions at the 'Defense Dialogue', the Sri Lankan Secretary emphasized the importance placed by President Maithripala Sirisena on enhancing the Defense and Security ties and co-operation between the two countries.
Both sides have discussed on various issues of mutual interest and agreed on the necessity of continuing close understanding and touch on defense and security matters with a view to addressing common concerns and challenges for strengthening of security, peace and stability in the region, a statement said.
The two sides have agreed that significant progress had been achieved since the 2nd Defense Dialogue held in Colombo in 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 cooperation in the areas of Training, Military and Defense 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 other concerns that were taken up for discussion.