Indian Army chief to visit Sri Lanka this week



Colombo: Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh will visit Sri Lanka this week to step up bilateral defence cooperation and meet the country's top leadership, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Singh will be on a 3-day visit from December 18 during which he will visit the north, north central and central provinces, the Sri Lankan army said today.

He would visit security forces headquarters in the northern town of Vavuniya and would also visit the ex-LTTE combatants training centre in the same district.

He would call on the Sri Lankan President and the top defence official Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

"This visit will mark another important milestone in the warm and cordial relations between the Indian and Sri Lanka armies", a statement said.

PTI