May 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka and India navies have held the annual International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting aboard a Sri Lankan naval ship in the mid seas on Friday.
The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) in a statement said the 27th International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting between the representatives of Navies of Sri Lanka and India was held onboard SLNS Sayura at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line off Kankasanthurai on 19th May.
The Sri Lankan delegation, headed by Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Jayantha De Silva, comprised Deputy Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Commodore Sujeewa Perera, Director Naval Operations Commodore Kalana Jinadasa and another eight naval officers.
The Indian delegation was headed by Flag Officer Tamil Nadu Area (FOTNA) Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar along with seven other Indian naval officers. Both delegations consisted of officers specialized in diversified fields.
The navies of the two countries meet annually aiming at strengthening the naval relationship between the neighbors.
The meeting provides an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with regard to operational effectiveness through common understanding of the Navies and Coast Guards of the neighbors.
Maintaining effective maritime security in the region by integration of forces through co-operation, coordination and collaboration was the primary focus at the 27th IMBL meeting.