Indian Navy chief here for key talks

Indian Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma is arriving in Colombo today on a five-day official visit, following an invitation by Sri Lanka.

Admiral Verma will be here till July 2 and will meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapksa and the Service Commanders.

He will also hold talks with External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, officials said. Admiral Verma and Sri Lankan Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe had participated together in various maritime defence forums such as the 19th Sea Power Symposium in the US and the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium organised in the UAE.

Indian Navy ship “INS Delhi” also arrives in Sri Lanka today as a mark of extending goodwill and friendship. The ship can ferry 410 personnel and is of 163 metres in length and 17 metres in breadth.

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