The Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army General Bikram Singh and a delegation of senior Indian Army officials is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the Army Headquarters said.
The visiting Indian Army Chief is scheduled to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence, Chief of Defence Staff and three forces Commanders.
The Indian Army Commander will visit Security Force Headquarters Vavunia and the Ex Combatants' Rehabilitation Centre at Poonthottam which will be followed by a visit to Anuradhapura heritage sites.The Indian Army Chief will be the Chief Guest at the Sri Lanka Military Academy (Diyatalawa) Commissioning Parade of 157 Officer Cadets, which includes 18 female cadets. Two female cadets among them are from the Republic of Maldives.
These 157 Officer Cadets will receive their commissioning swards from the Indian Army Chief. The parade will be held on 22 Dec.
The Indian Chief is also scheduled to donate a collection of books to the Sri Lanka Military Academy library and witness the final research presentation conducted by the passing out batch of Officer Cadets on the 21st evening.
On the 23rd after visiting Kandy DaladaMaligawa and sightseeing tour of the hill country the Chief of Indian Army Staff will leave for India.
“This visit marks another important mile stone in the warm and cordial relations between the Indian and Sri Lanka armies which has endured over decades since independence,” the Army Headquarters said.
Comments - 7
Damma Deepa Monday, 17 December 2012 02:47 PM
" Make a point to visit the former SLA Commander SF"
hussupiththek Monday, 17 December 2012 12:43 AM
I love India. Boss we are really honoured with your visit.
Percy Monday, 17 December 2012 10:29 AM
Hope your visit is approved by Jayalalitha , if not he may have to cancel it at the last moment.
saman Monday, 17 December 2012 02:35 AM
bernardwijeyasingha Monday, 17 December 2012 07:23 PM
The purpose behind such a visit must be seen the role the Indian army and intelligence service played during the civil war where they supported the Tamil Tigers and after the end of the war India took the stand not to sell any military equipment or technology. This is clearly a move to counter China but China has delivered, India has not. China is more than willing to sell weapons to the Sri Lankan military and developing it's infrastructure. China's relationship with Sri Lanka as complex as it maybe is not based on the subject of an "area of influence' while India will not budge on this position as she continues to treat Sri Lanka as an insignificant nation under her area of influence. I sincerely hope that a Chinese military contingency visits Colombo after the Indian military force leaves.
Lobo Monday, 17 December 2012 11:57 AM
You should change your name to the correct way around. It suits you better.
sadukinpelena Monday, 17 December 2012 05:44 AM
With no offense to the Indian Commander, how can a foreigner Commission Officers on behalf of HE the President? Only the President is empowered to Commission Officers. The President could delegate the ceremonial aspect of handing over the swords to a Government official on his behalf. A foreigner is not empowered to do it. It has no value. Someone does not know his Job!!!!
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