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Army Commander holds discussions with Russian counterpart

During SL’s debut at International Army Games:
The Sri Lankan army delegation at the meeting with its Russian counterpart.
The Sri Lankan army delegation at the meeting with its Russian counterpart.

The Sri Lankan Army national team recently made its debut at the International Army Games in Russia, the multi-faceted military Olympics held since 2015 in a number of countries; including Russia, China, India, Iran, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

This month, the first team from the Sri Lankan Army, representing airborne troops, snipers, and field chefs, have started competing with international counterparts from 35 countries, respectively, in the region of Pskov, North-West Russia (Airborne Platoon Competition); Brest, Western Belarus (Snipers’ Frontier Competition); and Moscow (Field Kitchen Competition).

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake attended the opening ceremony of the Army Games. Army Deputy Chief of Staff Major General M.K.D. Perera; who was invited to Russia as the Chief National Referee representing Sri Lanka, among other 35 countries in the Chief Referees Committee of the Games; joined the Army Commander at the opening ceremony.

Accompanying the Army Commander were Major M.A.K.R.K. Abeywickramasinghe, Military Attaché to the Commander; as well as Major W.W.M. Chaminda Bandara and Captain A.K.S. Silva, Delegation Coordinator and Aide de Camp to the Army Commander, respectively.

On August 5, Lieutenant General Senanayake; together with Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka; made a call on his Russian counterpart, General of the Army Oleg L. Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Land Forces.

General Salyukov is a combat veteran with 45 years in service, who was in command of the Victory Parades in Moscow and has been decorated with Orders and 9 medals. Discussions on the perspectives of interaction between the land forces of the two countries were held at the meeting.

During the visit to the Alabino range, the venue of the International Army Games, Ambassador Jayatilleka was interviewed by the Vietnamese Military Media, while the Commander of the Sri Lankan Land Forces spoke to the Zvezda TV Channel.

Later the same day, the Commander and the Ambassador held a meeting with officials of the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation to discuss various aspects of technical supplies for the Sri Lanka Army and frameworks for further cooperation in this important sphere.

The inaugural ceremony of the 5th International Army Games was opened by a welcome address by Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu. The ceremony was attended by Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov; Deputy Defence Minister (on charge of international military cooperation) Colonel General Alexandre Fomin; Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolay Evmenov; representatives of the Russian Aerospace Forces Commandment; and other leading officials of Russian and international defence agencies and services.


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