The Indian government and the military are fully committed to Sri Lanka's security and to further strengthening cooperation between the two countries, the visiting Indian Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh said.
The visiting Indian Army Chief said this when he called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo yesterday.
Noting that the Sri Lankan security forces have acquired vast strategic knowledge and experience, Gen. Singh praised Sri Lanka soldiers for their discipline, competencies and outstanding skills and said it would be useful for both countries to learn from each other.
President Rajapaksa thanked India for its support extended to Sri Lanka during the conflict and said the task would have been much more difficult if not for India's support.
During the discussion, President Rajapaksa also brought up the issue of Indian fishermen fishing in Sri Lankan waters to which Gen. Singh responded by affirming that a strong message has been conveyed to officials of the State of Tamil Nadu to take the necessary measures to control the situation.
While thanking the Sri Lankan government for constructing the monument commemorating the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), Gen. SIngh promised to assist Sri Lanka in meeting the training requirements of the security forces.
Indian High Commissioner in Colombo Ashok K. Kantha, Major General Rajeev Tewari and the Defense Attaché at the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka Captain Sumith Kapoor were present for the discussion as well as the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya.
General Singh also called on Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Ministry of Defense.