On Monday, a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft was handed over by India to the Sri Lankan Navy to further boost bilateral defense cooperation between the two nations. The Indian envoy said that mutual understanding, mutual trust, and a cooperative approach enhance security between India and Sri Lanka.
There was a handover ceremony arranged for the same, which was attended by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe. At the Sri Lanka Airforce base in Katunayake adjacent to the Colombo international airport, Vice Admiral S N Ghormade, the Vice Chief of the Indian Navy, was accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Gopal Baglay. He handed over the maritime surveillance aircraft to the Sri Lanka Navy while on a two-day visit to the country.
At the handing-over event, High Commissioner Baglay said, “Security of #India and #Srilanka is enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust, and cooperation. Gifting of Dornier 228 is #India’s latest contribution to this cause.”
He said, “Like fruits of other areas of cooperation with India, the gift of Dornier to @airforcecelk is of relevance to and a step to meet its requirement for maritime safety and security. It is an example of India’s strength adding to the strength of its friends”.