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Army Chief leaves for Sri Lanka on 4-day visit tomorrow

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will leave for on a four-day visit tomorrow, during which he will hold talks with top political and leadership of the island nation to boost cooperation between the ground forces of the two countries.

It will be the first visit of as to where has been trying to expand its influence.

The said the aim of Gen Rawat's visit is to take forward the military-to-cooperation between the two countries to the "next level".

"During the visit from May 14 to 17, the Army is scheduled to meet the senior most political and hierarchy of Sri Lanka," the Army said in a statement.

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 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 including imparting specific tailor-made training in different fields but also providing support," the Army said.

The Chief 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 Army's Signal Corps.

Rawat will also be visiting the in Diyatalawa.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 18:15 IST