* Indian army contingent arrives in Sri Lanka for joint exercise Mitra Shakti – VIII
Sat, Oct 2, 2021, 11:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Oct 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army today ceremonially received the Indian Army’s Mitra Shakti contingent arrived at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport to participate in the annual joint military exercises in the sub-continent.
The eighth edition of India-Sri Lanka bilateral joint Exercise Mitra Shakti will be conducted at Combat Training School, Ampara in Sri Lanka from October 2 to 17. The exercise is an annual event held in India and Sri Lanka alternatively.
An all arms contingent of 120 personnel of the Indian Army headed by Colonel Prakash Kumar, will participate in the exercise along with a battalion of the Sri Lankan Army.
Those 120 Indian Army personnel participating in the two-week long Exercise involving tactical level operations at the sub-unit level in an international counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism environment arrived on an Indian Air Force aircraft.
The annual training program which has largely contributed to strengthen bilateral military cooperation, understanding and bonds of neighborly relations between both services takes place alternately either in India or Sri Lanka every year.
The exercise will involve tactical level operations at the sub-unit level in an international Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorism environment and will go a long way in further strengthening the relationship between both the South Asian Nations and will act as a catalyst in bringing synergy and cooperation at the grass-root level between both Armies, according to the Defense Ministry of India.
Adhering to COVID-19 health guidelines, the Exercise would maintain the bio bubble during its conduct, Sri Lanka Army said.