Maritime security dominates Indo-Lanka Defence Dialogue

By S Venkat Narayan

Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, January 31: Matters related to maritime security and international cooperation in the Indian Ocean dominated the inaugural meeting of the India-Sri Lanka annual Defence Dialogue held here today.

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa led his team at the talks with his Indian counterpart Shashi Kant Sharma.

Rajapaksa was assisted by Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam and senior officials of the Sri Lankan Army, Navy, Air Force and Police.

An official who took part in the meeting said all issues related to the ongoing defence cooperation, including training of Sri Lankan security personnel in Indian defence colleges and other institutions, were discussed.

He declined to be identified and refused to elaborate.

Rajapaksa called on Indian Defence Minister AK Antony and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon.

The Defence Dialogue will provide an opportunity to senior defence officials of the two countries to meet and discuss matters related to defence and security.

The next meeting will be held in Colombo in January next year.

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