Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to Visit Sri Lanka Tomorrow for Strong Military Ties
General Bipin Rawat | File Image | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, May 13: Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat will visit Sri Lanka for four days from Monday as part of efforts to strengthen military cooperation between the two countries, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

The Army chief is scheduled to meet the political and military brass of Sri Lanka during the visit, his first as Chief of Army Staff.

"The visit assumes significance in the light of India's persistent efforts to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and military cooperation based on mutual interests and understanding," a Ministry statement said.

The Indian Army has been catering not only for training requirements of its Sri Lankan counterparts, including imparting specific tailor-made training in different fields but also providing military hardware, it said.

During the visit, Gen Rawat will inaugurate a communication laboratory at the School of Signals in Kandy. The institute was conceptualised and established by the Indian Army to train Sri Lanka Army Signal Corps personnel.

Gen Rawat will also visit Sri Lanka's military academy at Diyatalawa as part of an exchange of best practices related to pre-commissioning training followed by the two armies.

Apart from interaction with senior leadership of the three defence services, the Army chief will meet regional military commanders at Kandy and Trincomalee.

"The visit is yet another milestone in reaching out to our immediate neighbourhood and take forward the military-to-military cooperation to the next level," the statement added.