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Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - 05.18 GMT

India and Sri Lanka to combat sea piracy and terrorism


India and Sri Lanka have agreed to wide ranging naval cooperation measures to target sea pirates and terrorist groups operating in the Indian ocean.

These agreements have been reached at a meeting held recently by Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa with India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Thursday.

An official of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that the meeting focused attention on pushing ahead military-to-military cooperation to secure both countries' common security interests. The official has told the Indian daily "The Hindu" that Gotabaya Rajapaksa also discussed the wider strategic environment, including the possible impact of political tensions on India-Sri Lanka relationship.

India's military-to-military relationship with Sri Lanka has grown despite political tensions.

Meanwhile, the Indian military sources said that India also trains several hundred Sri Lankan military personnel at its schools, in spite of political opposition from some leaders in Tamil Nadu. They have said that in addition to naval personnel, over a hundred Sri Lankan army officers are being trained at the Mhow Infantry School and other prestigious institutions across India.






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