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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s demand to scrap training courses for Sri Lankan Air Force personnel is unlikely to find takers in New Delhi because Sri Lanka and India, just last week, have decided to enhance cooperation in security issues, the Hindu Newspaper reported.

Asked for a reaction, a senior official said that Sri Lanka could not react to the demands of a Chief Minister of an Indian State. All bilateral issues were discussed and decided by Colombo and New Delhi, and hence, there was no need to respond, the official said.

When there is an outside factor that affects training, as had happened earlier, the defence institutions moved the trainees to another facility in a ‘neutral’ State.

Despite relations between the two countries not being at its best in recent times following the Indian vote for a resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council in March, defence and security cooperation between the two countries are firmly looking up.

Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, after a meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, among others, told the Indian media stationed in Colombo last Friday, that security related issues were indeed discussed. “We also discussed maritime cooperation and other security related issues. It was agreed that we could take this further. Sri Lanka is our close neighbour, with whom we enjoy a multifaceted and dynamic relationship. We look forward to strengthening and further developing this engagement,” he said.

After the Defence Secretary-level talks in December 2010, India had made available additional slots in Indian Armed Forces training institutions, apart from agreeing to hold bilateral exercises. The Indo-Sri Lanka Naval exercises were subsequently held off Trincomalee. India is also in the process of building two Off Shore Patrol vessels for Sri Lanka.

India’s peacetime defence engagement with Sri Lanka was shaped in a series of talks after the fall of the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. The talks, which began at staff-level in the Army, Navy and Air Force then, has also seen the service Chiefs of all three Indian Armed Forces visit Sri Lanka to firm up this relationship. The Defence Secretary level talks are structured, institutionalised and periodic. It caters to the defence concerns of both countries, apart from taking into consideration the larger question of security issues in the region.
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  • Lankashantha Friday, 06 July 2012 01:13 PM

    Don't trust that Indian News paper any more.

    Manojin Friday, 06 July 2012 01:33 PM

    No need of India. Go for our all time closest friends Pakistan or China.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 06 July 2012 07:10 AM

    Jayalalitha been put to shame.

    Jayantha Jayamanne Friday, 06 July 2012 07:22 AM

    Delhi, thanks ...Good move.

    Godagampala Rohana Friday, 06 July 2012 07:25 AM

    Jaya, even hereafter please don't pork your finger unnecesserily., Feel sorry for you dear.

    ranjana Friday, 06 July 2012 08:10 AM

    Jayalalitha it is your state and you have no powers to stop it happening there, then let Delhi decide

    Yohan Perera Friday, 06 July 2012 08:21 AM

    Well done Delhi!!!

    Dheen Friday, 06 July 2012 09:06 AM

    The President told a couple of months ago that he wanted to invite Chief Minister Jayalalitha to Sri Lanka. Perhaps, he must be looking for an auspicious time.

    KingBarnet Friday, 06 July 2012 09:14 AM

    'Begger's wound' after the war

    Manmohan Friday, 06 July 2012 09:25 AM

    Delhi should ignore Jayalalitha, period!

    LMAO Friday, 06 July 2012 09:46 AM

    All the commenters, Delhi bows to TN pressure.Sends back our personals. So ...please

    athi Friday, 06 July 2012 09:50 AM

    hindu rams daughter raped by one of the airforce
    personnel in chennai last night.

    Ram Friday, 06 July 2012 09:50 AM

    All things are helping for Tamil future.

    ashly Saturday, 07 July 2012 06:41 AM

    Jayalalitha is trying to bag Tamil votes by making hatred between people of India and Sri Lanka.If she suceeds then India will loose lot of contracts with Sri Lanka and China will bag all of them and Indian people will be loosers as a lot of jobs will go.Narrow minded politicians can destroy relationships between countries and then face the consequences.Sri Lanka can easily survive without India or any other nation as food is abundant here and the rest Sri Lanka willmanage.It was Tamil Tigers who killed innocent civilians by planting bombs everywhere and killing villagers as well as educated Tamils.

    Ravi Sankar Gowda Friday, 06 July 2012 10:01 AM

    Training has been stopped & SL mens got packed out of Tamilnadu!!! Good Job Hon' CM.

    Sanath R Friday, 06 July 2012 10:10 AM

    No need to go behind India. Trust we could get them trained from Pakistan, China or elsewhere.

    RamUK Friday, 06 July 2012 10:22 AM

    soory read the latest news


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