Colombo, November 25 (newsin.asia): The High Commission of India in Sri Lanka commemorated 50 years of association between the National Defence College (NDC), India, and the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in Colombo on 24 November.
The special event celebrated the enduring bonds of cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the militaries of India and Sri Lanka. The Secretary of Defense, the Chief of Defense Staff, Commanders of Sri Lanka Navy and Air Force along with other alumni and dignitaries from Ministry of Defense and Sri Lanka Armed Forces graced the occasion.
The Secretary of Defense, Gen (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne and High Commissioner Gopal Baglay jointly launched the webpage of the Alumni Association of NDC India in Sri Lanka at the event to facilitate closer and continued engagements between the two countries and the premier Indian defense institute.
The webpage would be hosted on the website of the High Commission of India (www.hcicolombo.gov.in/ndca) and act as a medium for the alumni to stay connected with their alma mater and keep abreast with the latest on defense cooperation between the two maritime neighbors.
Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Gopal Baglay highlighted that India stands committed to Sri Lanka’s capacity-building endeavors in line with India’s ‘Neighborhood First Policy’. He emphasized that training engagements between the Armed Forces have instilled a spirit of brotherhood and interoperability amongst the services and form the foundation of their abiding bonds.
A large number of NDC India alumni in Sri Lanka have risen to the highest echelons of defense leadership, which testifies to the importance of nurturing these relations.
As part of India’s unwavering commitment to capacity building of Sri Lanka Armed Forces and focus on regional cooperation, NDC India has made valuable contributions towards enhancing regional peace, security and stability, and such forums are effectively enable fostering of cordial and warm relationship between the two countries.