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Lankan military officers to visit India for familiarization

The Lankan Delegation Consists Of 39 Officers From The Defense Services And Command Staff College (DSCSC)

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Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob with the Lankan delegation

A Sri Lankan Armed Forces delegation of 39 officers from the Defense Services and Command Staff College (DSCSC) will be visiting India for exposure to the functioning of all the three Indian service headquarters at New Delhi.

The delegation will also learn about routine of tri-services field formations, the Indian High Commission said in a press release on Saturday. Several interactions with top Armed Forces officials and visits to various industries and cultural sites have also been scheduled.  

The visit is being facilitated by High Commission of India, Colombo to reflect India’s unwavering commitment to positively contribute to overall capacity building including personality development in the Sri Lanka Armed Forces.  

Marking the significant event, Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob and Assistant Defense Adviser Lt Col Puneet Sushil, visited DSCSC on September 4, to interact with the delegation and to personally see the delegation off.

During the interaction, the Deputy High Commissioner stressed that India and Sri Lanka have centuries old umbilical linkage underpinned by Buddhism and people-to-people ties. Thus, the initiative has hit the “right chord” and is central to constructively engaging with the hearts and minds of Sri Lanka Armed Forces.

Maj Gen Lalith Herath, Deputy Commandant, DSCSC sincerely appreciated India’s efforts and persistent support for the realization of the visit. He also underlined that the visit would immensely contribute to developing greater understanding among the student officers about India’s culture, technical prowess and the structure of the Indian Armed Forces.

These visits are an initiative to promote camaraderie and bonhomie among the Armed Forces of both the countries. They also testify to India’s ‘Neighborhood First’ policy with specific focus on industrial expertise in the overall ambit of defense cooperation between India and Sri Lanka. This would further provide an ideal platform to develop personal and everlasting bonds of friendship between the Armed Forces of the two countries which already share a deep and robust professional relationship, the statement from the Indian High Commission said.