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China to provide Rs. 2.6 million worth military aid to Sri Lanka

ANI  |  Colombo [Sri Lanka] 

An entire range of defense cooperation has been reviewed by and during the recent visit of Sri Lanka's Secretary of Defense to Beijing, to participate in the second - Defense Cooperation Dialogue.

A delegation was led by the Secretary of Defense on the invitation of the Chinese Government to attend the 7th Xiangshan Forum on 10-12 October and the second - Defense Cooperation Dialogue from 12-15 October.

The second China-Defense Cooperation Dialogue in was chaired by the Defense Secretary Hettiarachchi and Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), reports the Colombo Page.

During the dialogue, the two countries had in-depth exchange of views on South Asian situation, bilateral relations and exchanges and cooperation between the two militaries.

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense (MOD) said that the entire range of defense cooperation including high level exchanges, military assistance, training opportunities, collaboration between defense think tanks, intelligence cooperation, joint military exercises and participation in defense seminars, workshops and symposia was reviewed by the two Asian countries.

The delegations highlighted defense as an important pillar of cooperation in the overall bilateral relationship and agreed to continue to strengthen ties in this sphere.

Two agreements related to the provision of Chinese Yuan 120 million (Rs. 2.6 billion) worth of military assistance and the provision of an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to were signed during the meeting at the conclusion of the Dialogue.

The Chinese Defense Official said, "The military-to-military relations serve as a cornerstone for bilateral relations, and the Chinese military is willing to continue to support Sri Lanka's defense and military development, and work with it to implement the consensus reached by Chinese president Xi Jinping and President Sirisena."

Praising the long-standing friendship between and the Defense Secretary said that stands ready to deepen mutually beneficial exchange and cooperation with in multiple fields and increase mutual trust and coordination.

The Defense Secretary on behalf of the President and Minister of Defense of extended an invitation to the Minister of National Defense of to undertake an early visit to to strengthen cooperation in the defense sector.

The delegation to included Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, Chief of Staff of Navy Rear Admiral S S Ranasinghe, and Commandant Army Volunteer Force Major General H C P Goonetilleke.

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First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 19:48 IST