A Sri Lankan Army contingent left for India today to participate in the annual joint military exercise between the Indian Army and the Sri Lanka Army.
The Exercise Mitra Shakthi - VII will commence on Sunday at Kumaon Regiment camp premises in Pune and aims to bolster existing bonds of understanding and close working relationship between the two forces.
The Sri Lankan contingent consists of 11 officers and 109 other rankers of Gemunu Watch troops with equal participation of Indian Army Jawans from Kumaon Regiment.
The two-week-long military exercise to be held for the seventh time is designed to enhance capacity among participants and promote interoperability, military cooperation, the conduct of joint tactical operations, sharing of experiences and explore possibilities for any potential security threats in future.
It is an annual training programme that has been conducted between both organizations since the year 2012. It has so far occurred thrice in India and thrice in Sri Lanka with the objective of promoting bilateral military understanding and bonds of goodwill.