Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited Sri Lanka and called on President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, State Minister of Defense, Dinendra Ruwan Wijewardene and top military leadership including Chief of Defense Staff Sri Lankan Armed Forces and three Services’ Chiefs in separate meetings.
During the meetings with President and Prime Minister, matters of mutual interests were dilated upon. Admiral Zakaullah highlighted Pakistan Navy’s efforts in pursuance of Government of Pakistan policies to maintain peace and security in the Indian Ocean region in collaboration with international community. The Admiral reiterated Pakistan’s continued support to Sri Lankan Armed Forces in the field of training, provision of technical manpower and expertise.
Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister acknowledged Pakistan Navy’s strenuous efforts for maintaining maritime security in the region and also expressed satisfaction over the historical bonds and defense collaboration between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in various fields including training, reciprocal visits, port calls and exercises, and, hoped for further strengthening of the defense ties and bilateral relations. The dignitaries lauded Pakistan Navy’s all out support and assistance to Sri Lankan people during the recent devastating floods and highly appreciated professional acumen and commitment of Pakistan Navy personnel displayed during Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations.
The Naval Chief also met Chief of Defense Staff Sri Lankan Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake, Commander of Army, Lieutenant General A. W. J. Crishanthe De Silva, Commander Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne and Commander of Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Veedhiya Bandara Jayampathy.
During the meetings with military leaders, professional matters of mutual interest and bilateral defense ties were pondered upon. Military dignitaries acknowledged warm and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka based on strong foundations and historical ties and highly appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan in spearheading various initiatives for maintaining peace and stability in the region.
Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also looked forward to further enhancing the interaction between both the countries in the diverse fields of training, mutual visits and defense collaboration.
Earlier, upon the invitation of the Commander of Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah also attended the passing out parade of midshipmen and cadets, as the chief guest, held at Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, and interacted with newly commissioned officers.
It is expected that the recent visit of the Naval Chief will further enhance and expand defense ties between the two countries in general and the Armed Forces in particular.
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