India is now promoting institutional linkages between the Armed Forces of India and Sri Lanka arranging study tours help strengthen the existing bonds of camaraderie and enhance people to people connect to achieve regional peace, security and stability.
This was one of the major outcomes of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy seeks to further strengthen bilateral economic defense cooperation bet ween the two countries in the South Asian region.
A delegation of 19 Indian Armed Forces officers led by Group Captain Yunus Syed Muzaffar from the 46th Indian Higher Air Command Course conducted at College of Air Warfare, Secunderabad arrived in Sri Lanka as part of Strategic Study Tour from 20-24 March 2023.
The visit is focused on interactions with senior defence hierarchy as well as visits to military establishments and industrial organizations to broaden the vision of the trainees.
The delegation started their visit by paying homage to the martyrs of Indian Peace Keeping Force at the memorial in Battaramulla followed by interactions with High Commissioner of India, Gopal Baglay, Chief of Defence Staff, General Shavendra Silva and Air Marshal S.K Pathirana, Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force.
The delegation is also scheduled to visit Galle, Hambantota, Diyatalawa, Kandy and Katunayake and interact with various agencies to get deeper insights about Sri Lanka.