India’s Army Chief Naravane here
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
Chief of the Army Staff of India General Manoj Mukund Naravane arrived in Colombo yesterday (12) on a four-day official visit. He would witness one of the largest bilateral military exercises in the region during his stay. His visit was arranged on the invitation of Army Commander General Shavendra Silva.
General Silva along with Sujeewa Nelson; President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) warmly welcomed General Naravane and Veena Naravane; President, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
During his official visit to Sri Lanka, General Naravane is scheduled to call on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Defence Secretary, the Foreign Secretary and Service Commanders. He would also participate in Gajaba Day celebrations as the Chief Guest.
The General is also scheduled to deliver a talk at the Defence Services Command and Staff College in Batalanda and interact with students and faculty. The visit symbolises strong relations and close cooperation shared between the two countries.
During the visit areas of mutual interest and avenues for enhancing existing bilateral defence cooperation will be discussed, with Sri Lanka being ‘Priority One’ partner of India. The interaction will be conducted whilst strictly adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.