Lanka Army Chief to embark on 6-day visit to India

March 2nd, 2008 - 12:53 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Mar 2 (ANI): Sri Lankan Army Chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka will arrive here today on a six-day visit to strengthen military ties between the two countries.

Lt General Fonseka will briefly interact with officials of the Indian Army on Tuesday, said Defence Ministry sources.

He will lay a wreath at the memorial to the Unknown Soldier at India Gate and would then receive a guard of honour at the Defence Ministrys headquarters at South Block.

Defence Ministry officials said that India would like to ensure that the Lankan Army keeps an edge over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) simultaneously the Sri Lanka Government also come out with a devolution package that is acceptable to the minorities in that country.

Fonseka, who is accompanied by Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa, has pledged to defeat the LTTE at the earliest.

The Lankan Army is presently engaged in intense battles against the LTTE in the northern part of that country.

The Sri Lankan Government expects help from the international community to contain the rebel group. (ANI)

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