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Indian Defence Secretary To Visit SL

Aug 27, 2010 9:40:43 PM - thesundayleader.lk

Indian Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is to visit Sri Lanka shortly to initiate a defence dialogue between the two counties.
The Hindu newspaper has reported that India and Sri Lanka will revert to a more normal defence relationship with the end of ethnic conflict.
The institutional mechanism of a yearly defence dialogue was decided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during their meeting meeting in June.

“It is time to look at greater comprehensive cooperation. In this context, we broadly discussed the areas which would be important to focus on in the annual defence dialogue. An earlier visit by the Defence Secretary would help to understand the issues. In the aftermath of the conflict, there is a need for a different defence relationship,” the Hindu has quoted sources as saying after the high-level India-Sri Lanka talks on Thursday.