Ahead of subsequent Wednesday’s India-Sri Lanka summit in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, which Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will attend, General Manoj Mukund Naravane, chief of the military workers, is in in Colombo.
In an uncommon gesture, General Shavendra Silva, Sri Lanka’s military chief, obtained General Naravane on the Bandarnaike International Airport.
General Naravane, who was a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force which operated in Sri Lnka in the late Eighties, additionally known as on President Gotabaya and his elder brother Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
During his four-day go to to the island, the COAS will attend Exercise Mitra Shakti, involving troops of the Indian and Sri Lankan armies.
New Delhi has severe considerations about China’s aggressive and rising presence in Sri Lanka — which has revived after the hiatus of the Maithripala Sirisena years — beneath the Rajapaksas’s rule.
In a press release launched on the eve of General Naravane’s go to, the Indian excessive fee in Colombo described Sri Lanka as India’s ‘Priority One’ accomplice.
The Rajapaksa brothers are shrewd political operators and it’ll want Modi and the MEA’s guile to make sure that they do not hurt India’s pursuits in the neighbourhood by their relentless wooing of Beijing.
Please click on on the pictures for a greater take a look at General Naravane’s assembly with President Gotabaya, a former army man himself, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1991 from the Sri Lankan military.
An alumnus of the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Mizoram and the Defence Services Staff College in Tamil Nadu, the ruthless Gota — as he is identified to many Sri Lankans — masterminded the 2009 army marketing campaign that decimated the LTTE.
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