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India, Sri Lanka agree for greater defence cooperation

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COLOMBO (PTI): India and Sri Lanka on Monday agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the defence sector, including training of Sri Lankan military personnel, as Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra called on President Maithripala Sirisena.

Mitra arrived on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday during which he will participate in several high level defence cooperation meetings.

He will also meet his counterpart Hemasiri Fernando and Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, besides visiting the central town of Kandy and the north central town of Anuradhapura.

India and Sri Lanka have agreed for enhanced cooperation in the areas of security and defence including regional security, said a statement from President Sirisena's office.

The statement came after Sirisena's meeting with Mitra in Colombo on Monday morning, it said.

India has agreed to train Sri Lankan defence personnel, it added.

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