Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa has arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday on a four-day official visit from December 11 to 14 to deliberate on matters of mutual interest related to regional security.
The visiting Indian Air Force Chief today paid a floral tribute to the fallen soldiers of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) at the IPKF memorial in Battaramulla.
During his visit, the Chief of Air Staff is scheduled to hold meetings with the officials of Sri Lanka Air Force and discuss matters of mutual interest to both countries related to regional security.
He will also visit Sri Lanka Army and Navy Headquarters, Air Force Academy China Bay and SLAF Base Katunayake.
The delegation is also scheduled to meet with the President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Kapila Waidyaratne and the Commanders of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
India’s Defense Ministry said the CAS would also review the Commissioning, Award of Wings and Passing Out Parade of the Sri Lankan Air Force Academy which is scheduled to be held on December 14. It will be the first occasion in the history of the Sri Lankan Air Force where an Air Chief of a foreign Air Force is invited to review the prestigious passing out parade.
The visit of the Indian Air Chief would provide impetus towards increasing defense cooperation between the two Air Forces and pave the way for greater interaction in the future, the Defense Ministry statement said.
This would also strengthen relationships, enable engagement in productive exchanges and promote understanding of joint issues and challenges.