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Army Chief General Bipin Rawat calls on Sri Lankan Prez

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

General today called on Sri Lankan and discussed bilateral and defence relations during his maiden visit to the island country, officials said.

Gen Rawat is in for a week-long visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart

His visit as the began on Monday with an aim to take forward the military cooperation between the two countries to the "next level".

Gen Rawat and discussed the importance of the well established bilateral relations between the two nations, the president's office said.

He earlier met

The has said that 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, had handed over the control of the southern sea to on a 99-year lease, triggering concerns in

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.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 16:40 IST