Navy Commander on five-day visit to India
Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera left the country on a
five-day official visit to India yesterday on an invitation extended by
Indian Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan, Navy media spokesman Commander
Kosala Warnakulasuriya told the Sunday Observer.
He said the Navy Chief's Indian visit will basically focused on
strengthening the existing relations between the Navies of two
countries. The Navy Commanders visit comes at a time Sri Lanka and India
is having fresh discussions on strengthening the bilateral relations
between the two countries.
Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also had a meeting with the
Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley on October 20.
The ex-Navy Chief of India Admiral D K Joshi participated at the
Galle Dialogue, the international maritime security conference in
The Navy Spokesman said during the five days visit Sri Lanka Navy
Chief Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera is expected to meet his counterpart
Admiral Robin Dhowan and other Navy officials to discuss the ways of
strengthening relationship between the two Navies and how the two Navies
can cooperate each other in their operations and training.
He said the Commander will visit Delhi and Kochin during his five
days visit. Asked whether the poaching issue is slated to discuss
between the two Navy Chiefs the spokesman said the poaching issue is not
there in the agenda for discussion.
Although some Tamil Nadu politicians have protested over Sri Lanka
Navy Commander's visit to India, the Navy Commander will continue his
tour as scheduled, the spokesman added.