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India has agreed to help Sri Lankan Army to Build Capacities

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India has agreed to help the Sri Lankan army develop its capabilities by providing more places for its officers and men in training academies and military schools and sharing counter-insurgency experience.

The agreements were reached at the first structured talks between the army and armed forces, which concluded on Friday, an Indian army officer said.

The Indian Army has not only agreed to improve the scope and number of training courses for Sri Lankan officers and soldiers, but will also share its experience and organisational structure for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Sri Lanka sent a five-member delegation led by its Military Secretary, Major General H.C.P. Goonetilleke, to the talks. India was represented by Deputy Director General of International Cooperation of the Army, Major General I.P. Singh.

The two sides will also send their military trainers to their respective military academies. Sri Lanka is in particular need of adventure sports and English teachers, which India is willing to provide.

During the visit, the Goonetilleke-led delegation also met with the Indian Army Chief, General V.K. Singh.

The two sides also shared their expertise on battle concepts and doctrines, especially in counter-insurgency operations, during the initial talks between the forces that began on Wednesday.

While Sri Lanka successfully ended its three-decade civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) two years ago, India is fighting insurgents in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states.

The Sri Lankan delegation will return to Colombo on Saturday.

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