Lanka, Pak hold talks for sharing military strategies

Sri Lankan army has sought more opportunities for its personnel to be trained in Pakistan as the army chiefs of the two countries explored possibilities of sharing military strategies at a meeting

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2011, 00:49 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lankan army has sought more
opportunities for its personnel to be trained in Pakistan as
the army chiefs of the two countries explored possibilities of
sharing military strategies at a meeting on Thursday.

"The talks centred largely on military matters of mutual
and regional interest and possibilities for sharing strategies
in the successful Wanni Humanitarian Operations against
separatist terrorists" the army headquarters said in a
statement as Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
met his counterpart Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.

"The meeting also explored avenues of receiving more and
more training opportunities for Sri Lankan officers in
Pakistan, in addition to ongoing programmes," it said.

Pakistan was one of the main supporters of Sri Lanka
military during its war against the LTTE rebels, a terrorist
outfit eliminated in 2009.

Sri Lankan military officials regularly receive training
in Pakistan.

The visiting army chief today also met other forces
commanders and the defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapksha and
the Prime Minister D M Jayartne.

He was scheduled to meet president Mahinda Rajapksha
today but the meeting was not materialised as the president
left for the US yesterday for previously unannounced visit.

General Kayani is expected to address undergraduates at
the Defence Services Command and Staff College tomorrow.

PTI