Sri Lanka and India commences joint military training exercises

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Joint training exercise of Sri Lanka and Indian Armies, MITRASHAKTI – VI will be held at Diyatalawa from today to the 08 of next month. The exercise is an annual event held in India and Sri Lanka alternatively.

This year an Indian contingent of 120 Army personnel, including 11 officers arrived in the country yesterday to take part in the two-week long Exercise along with Sri Lanka Army.

MITRASHAKTI is one of the largest bilateral Army to Army exercises that is being conducted in the region. Based on the success of previous exercises MITRASHAKTI was recently upgraded from a platoon level engagement to a full Company level engagement.

The exercise will help in building proficiency in tackling transnational terrorism, conduct of joint tactical operations and building combat skills.

It will also provide an ideal platform for sharing of each other’s experiences and learning from best practices being followed by both the Armies.

The Exercise signifies the desire of both countries to enhance co-operation to fight the menace of terrorism and other common threats effectively.

The Indian Military Officials paid their respects yesterday to the war memorial at Battaramulla for the Indian soldiers who died fighting LTTE terrorism in the 1980s.

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