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Army Chief to begin 4-day crucial visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Bipin will begin a four-day visit to tomorrow with an aim to take forward the cooperation between the two countries to the "next level".

Gen Rawat's maiden visit to the island nation as the comes amid growing concern in the security establishment here about China's persistent efforts to expand its influence over Colombo.

The said Gen will hold talks with top political and leadership of and explore new areas of military-to-cooperation between the ground forces of the two countries.

"He is scheduled to meet the senior-most political and military hierarchy of The visit assumes significance in light of India's persistent efforts to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and military cooperation based on mutual interests and understanding," the Army said in a statement.

It said the focus of the visit would be to take forward the military-to-military cooperation between the two countries to the "next level".

In December last, Sri Lanka had handed over the control of the southern sea to on a 99-year lease, triggering concerns here.

Sri Lanka had later clarified that the port will not be used as a military base and it will not engage in any activities which may harm India's security interests.

Apart from meeting the senior leadership of the three services of Sri Lanka, Gen is also scheduled to meet the commanders in Kandy and Trincomalee, Army officials said.

The regional commanders of the are considered very influential in military matters.

The Army said the visit of Gen Rawat is reflective of India's persistent efforts to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and military cooperation based on mutual interests and understanding.

"has been catering not only for varied training requirements of the Sri Lankan Army, including imparting specific tailor-made training in different fields, but also providing support," the Army said.

The of the Army Staff will be inaugurating a communication laboratory at in Kandy.

The laboratory has been established by the to train the personnel of

Rawat will also be visiting the in Diyatalawa.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 21:45 IST
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