The Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Jayanth Colombage is on a official visit to Pakistan.
The visit of the Navy Commander from November 6 - 12 is undertaken on an invitation extended by Chief of Naval Staff Pakistan Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila.
This will be Vice Admiral Colombage's first visit abroad after taking over the command of the Sri Lankan Navy.
Vice Admiral Colombage will be visiting all major naval establishments in Karachi besides holding discussion with his counterpart for future collaboration between the two friendly navies, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said in a release.
During his stay in Karachi Colombage will also visit the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS).
The IDEAS showcases a wide variety of technology, ranging from equipment used in the third world countries to the most sophisticated systems from the West. This exhibition provides a perfect interactive platform for the defence forces to assess the best products and technology to cater for their respective defence-related requirements. Besides, it also presents an ideal opportunity to the manufacturers of Military Weapons System, Vehicles, Defence system etc. for entering into collaboration and joint ventures with Pakistan or other prospective international partners.
The visit of Sri Lanka Navy Commander is of immense importance especially after the war is over in Sri Lanka and there is a requirement to build on relations of strategic value between the two friendly countries in the new and developing regional environment, the High Commission said.
Since independence, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations especially in the field of defense. Both nations have assisted each other during testing times in their histories.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have comprehensive and mutually beneficial training collaboration for Army, Navy and Air Force. Over a period of time, a strong bond of commitment and mutual understanding had been reached between the armed forces of the two countries and both countries expect to work more closely in the field of defence in future to boost peace efforts in the region.