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Jul 25, 2011 6:56:12 AM - itnnews.lk

The Sri Lanka Navy has accorded a warm welcome to the visiting Thai and Japanese naval ships on their arrival at the Port of Colombo, as a gesture of goodwill towards two friendly Navies.

The Thai naval Ships, HTMS Similan and HTMS Narathiwat, which belong to the Royal Thai Navy, arrived on 22nd of this month while the Japanese Naval Ships, Inuzuma DD -105 and Sazanami DD-113 which belong to the Japan Self Defence Force (JSDF), reached the island last Saturday. The ships have arrived at the Port of Colombo for logistics support. The Japanese ships are en route to the Gulf of Aden to participate in counter piracy operations.

The visit of the ships symbolizes the long standing relations that have been in existence for many centuries. The two Asian countries share extensive religious, cultural and socio-economic bonds with Sri Lankan in their common quest for economic prosperity and world peace.

The Sri Lanka Navy has arranged a series of programmes for the ships’ complements to enhance the friendly relations among the sister Navies during their stay in Sri Lanka. Their interactions with the Sri Lankan Navy personnel will pave way for sharing of experiences on a wide range of maritime issues of mutual interest, and strengthening the common bonds.