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Sri Lankan Navy chief Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne has assured India that the presence of Chinese nuclear submarines in Sri Lanka was "purely economic reasons" even as India's views the development with suspicion.

"The age-old tradition of Sri Lankans going to staff college in Wellington in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu has stopped. We are negotiating with India to try and resume this process", Wijegunaratne said.

Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, is on an official visit to India from January 29 to February 2. The visit is aimed at consolidating bilateral naval relations between India and Sri Lanka and exploring new avenues for naval cooperation.

The Navy commander held bilateral discussions with Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and other senior officials of the Indian Navy on 30 January. The Admiral is also scheduled to meet the Chief of the Air Staff, Chief of the Army Staff as well as the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard. Calling on the Minister of State for Defence and Defence Secretary have also been scheduled as part of his official meetings in New Delhi.

Naval cooperation between India and Sri Lanka has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide range of issues including operational interactions through bilateral exercises, training, port calls, hydrographic co-operation, interactions among special forces, capability building and capacity augmentation initiatives. Two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) are also being constructed for the Sri Lankan Navy at M/s Goa Shipyard Limited.

In addition to New Delhi, the Admiral is also scheduled to proceed to Goa where he will be visiting Naval War College and the Goa Shipyard Limited, besides interacting with Flag Officer Commanding of Goa Area. The Admiral would further visit the Training Command of the Indian Navy based in Kochi, where he would be briefed on training aspects and would also visit various training facilities and professional schools. During his visit to Kochi, the Admiral would also interact with the Sri Lankan Naval personnel undergoing training in India. (India Today)

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  • mm Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:30 AM

    ok. and my mother is the queen of England. via DM iOS App

    Jude Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:16 AM

    Dear Navy Commander!!! No need to give reasons!!! India didn't give reasons when they stop training SL Armed Forces personnel!!!??? Moreover, never gave a reason why India co-sponsored With Americans for UN Resolution Against SL !!!?

    Public Wednesday, 01 February 2017 03:24 AM

    The difference is india is not china. India can hardly be considered a regional power, let alone a superpower.

    SL Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:10 AM

    India act like Sri Lanka's Dictator Appachchi .

    ceylon Tuesday, 31 January 2017 05:43 PM

    trying to have a friend might loose the relative. via DM Android App

    Ramsay Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:21 AM

    When they were here during MR's regime it was to spy on India shame on you.....

    JANS Tuesday, 31 January 2017 11:25 AM

    Commander no need to give explanation we all respect you always via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 31 January 2017 01:40 PM

    SL allows Chinese subs for economic purposes. Would you know the reason why Chinese subs want to enter SL ports? Obviously they will tell u it is for purpose of good will or collect provisions and not at all about surveying and intelligence gathering.... at the same time India does not want Chinese Subs close to their country for obvious security threats. It is same as Taiwan allowing Indian subs into Taiwan ports... even if Taiwan is against China, they will not do that and upset a powerful country.


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