A delegation of 19 Indian Armed Forces officers led by Group Captain Yunus Syed Muzaffar from the 46th Indian Higher Air Command Course conducted at the College of Air Warfare, Secunderabad, arrived in Sri Lanka as part of the Strategic Study Tour from March 20–24, 2023. The visit is focused on interactions with the senior defence hierarchy as well as visits to military establishments and industrial organizations to broaden the trainees’ vision.

iaf-collegeThe delegation started their visit by paying homage to the martyrs of the Indian Peace Keeping Force at the memorial in Battaramulla, followed by interactions with the High Commissioner of India, H.E. Gopal Baglay, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Shavendra Silva, and Air Marshal S.K. Pathirana, Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force. The delegation is also scheduled to visit Galle, Hambantota, Diyatalawa, Kandy, and Katunayake and interact with various agencies to get deeper insights into Sri Lanka.

India’s “Neighborhood First’ policy seeks to promote institutional linkages between the Armed Forces of India and Sri Lanka. Such study tours help strengthen the existing bonds of camaraderie and enhance people’s ability to connect to achieve regional peace, security, and stability.



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