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India pledges to train Sri Lankan armed forces
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India pledges to train Sri Lankan armed forces

| @indiablooms | 08 Oct 2022, 02:03 pm

Colombo/UNI: India will continue providing training to the Sri Lankan armed forces and has done so even in "challenging times", Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay said on Saturday.

Baglay said India stands committed to help Sri Lanka in capacity building in line with its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, The Island reported.

He stressed that India offered training to Sri Lankan armed forces even in "challenging times", an obvious reference to when the island nation battled Tamil Tiger separatists.

He noted that training engagements between the two armed forces have instilled a spirit of brotherhood and interoperability.

Further, engagements of this nature underscore the need for nurturing strong relations with the Indian Army Trainee Alumni in Sri Lanka.

Addressing the gathering, Gen. Silva commended the efforts of the High Commissioner in connecting the two countries as friendly, mutually respecting and caring neighbours.

The Indian defence training institutes offer the largest share of nearly 1,500 training vacancies annually to Sri Lanka.

"Quality training imparted to Sri Lankan personnel in India has contributed immensely towards a mission-ready and cohesive Sri Lanka Armed Forces,” the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said.

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