12-day Joint exercise of Indian and Sri Lankan Army

12-day Joint exercise of Indian and Sri Lankan Army

India and Sri Lanka army will carry out a 12-day military exercise from Monday focusing on improving counter-insurgency and counter-terror cooperation.

The defense ministry has said that an all arms group of 120 personnel of the Indian army will take part in the exercise along with Sri Lankan Army, which includes a battalion-strength contingent.

The statement said.

"The aim of the activity is to promote close relations between armies of both nation and enhance inter-operability and sharing best practices in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations,"

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The eighth edition of the Mitra Shakti exercise will be conducted at Combat Training School in Sri Lanka's Ampara from October 4-15, the defense ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The Indian army tweeted on Sunday. The Indian Army contingent reached Sri Lanka on Sunday to participate in the Mitra Shakti exercise.

"Exercise #MitraShakti21. #IndianArmy contingent participating in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21 reached Sri Lanka and received a traditional welcome by the Sri Lankan Army,"

The joint exercise is designing to incorporate the current dynamics of United Nations' peacekeeping operations through tactical activities and practical discussions, the defense ministry has said. The ministry informed that 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 nations. The ministry also said it would act as a catalyst to bring synergy and cooperation between both armies at the grassroots level.

The seventh edition was conducted in Pune in December 2019 at Foreign Training Node located at the Aundh Military Station. In that edition, a contingent from the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and the Gemunu Watch infantry regiment of Sri Lanka participated. The delegations received lessons in perception management and information warfare, human rights, and humanitarian law, along with the counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism (CI-CT) operations in urban and rural environments, reports news agency PTI.

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