Sri Lankan Navy Chief to leave for India tomorrow on official visit

Colombo, Oct.25 (ANI): Sri Lanka's Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, will leave for India tomorrow on a five-day visit.

The Colombo Page web site quoted Navy media spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya, as saying that Vice Admiral Perera is visiting India at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Admiral R.K. Dhowan.

Vice Admiral Perera's visit to India will be taking place soon after the visit of Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's meeting with the Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley on October 20 in New Delhi.

Commander Warnakulasuriya said that after the visit ends, the Sri Lanka Navy will purchase two naval ships from India.

India is reportedly planning to supply two naval offshore patrol vessels and other military equipment to Sri Lanka.

Officials of the Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy will also participate in discussions to further strengthen bilateral ties between both Navies.

Tamil Nadu Tamil political parties have expressed opposition to Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera's visit to India. (ANI with inputs)