Sri Lanka Coast Guard’s Chief visits India


- Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, August 31:  Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG)’s Director General  Rear Admiral Ruwan Dias paid a five-day visit to India that concluded on Thursday. He was here at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Director General Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan.

During the  visit Rear Admiral Dias held meetings with Admiral Muralidharan as well as senior officials in the Indian Ministry of Defence,  in manifestation of close bilateral cooperation between the security  establishments of India and Sri Lanka.

 The visit, the first after the SLCG on 4 March 2010,  will provide a fresh impetus to the existing ties between the ICG and SLCG  in relation to the maritime security in the region, and further strengthen  operational level interaction between the two Coast Guards for the benefit  of both countries, said a statement issued by the Sri Lankan High Commission here today.

The official discussions, among other issues, focused on  common maritime interests, sharing of experience and expertise, training of personnel, search and rescue and pollution control.

During his stay in the Indian capital, Rear Admiral Dias  called  on High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, and proceeded on a field visit to Indian Coast Guard Ships in Mumbai.

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