Colombo [Sri Lanka]: An Indian Army contingent on Sunday reached Sri Lanka to participate in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21. The Indian contingent received a traditional welcome by the Sri Lankan Army for the exercise slated to be held from October 4-15.
"Exercise #MitraShakti21 #IndianArmy contingent participating in Exercise Mitra Shakti 21 reached Sri Lanka and received a traditional welcome by the Sri Lankan Army," Indian Army tweeted.
The eighth edition of India-Sri Lanka bilateral joint Exercise Mitra Shakti will be conducted at Combat Training School, Ampara in Sri Lanka.
An all arms contingent of 120 personnel of the Indian Army will participate in the exercise along with a battalion of the Sri Lankan Army, the Ministry of Defence informed in a statement.
"The aim of the exercise is to promote close relations between armies of both countries and enhance inter-operability and sharing best practices in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations," the statement said.
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 the South Asian Nations and will act as a catalyst in bringing synergy and cooperation at the grass-root level between both Armies, the ministry informed.
The seventh edition of Exercise Mitra Shakti was conducted at Foreign Training Node (FTN) in Maharashtra, India back in 2019.
BDST: 2031 HRS, OCT 05, 2021