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Annual India, Sri Lanka ‘Mitra Shakti’ Army exercise

The armies of India and Sri Lanka will hold the sixth iteration of their annual Mitra Shakti military exercise starting on March 26, the Indian Army announced last week. The exercise is among the major scheduled military-to-military activities between the two sides and will focus on tactical interoperability and counterterrorism.

The Mitra Shakti exercise is set to run from March 26 to April 8 in Sri Lanka. The Indian Army will send the 1st Battalion of the Bihar Regiment while the Sri Lanka side will send its 1st Gamunu Watch Battalion.

“Exercise MITRA SHAKTI is conducted annually, as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of India & Sri Lanka,” a statement from Indian Army Public Relations Officer Lt. Col. Mohit Vaishnava noted.

“The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance the ability of joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command,” Vaishnava’s statement noted.

“The exercise will involve tactical level operations in an international Counter Insurgency and Counter Terrorist environment under United Nations mandate,” it added.

Last year’s Mitra Shakti bilateral joint exercise took place in India, at the Aundh military station in Pune, Maharashtra. That exercise focused on counterterrorism operations as well.

India and Sri Lanka have collaborated on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations over the years. The two sides have a long history of military cooperation.

Source: The Diplomat, Agencies


 

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