India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise ‘Mitra Shakti’

The fifth India-Sri Lanka joint training exercise “Mitra Shakti 2017” focusing on counter-terrorism operations kicked off at Aundh Military Station in Pune.

The exercise is based on Counter Terrorist Operations and an Infantry company from both the countries is participating in the same.

The aim of the joint training is to exchange the best of military practices of the two countries and build a strong military-to-military relation between the two armies.

The exercise, the fifth in the series, also aims at developing joint strategies by sharing the expertise of conducting operations, especially in the counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism (CI and CT) environment.

The fourth chapter of the exercise was held at the Sinha Regimental Centre in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka, in 2016, when the main focus was to enhance interoperability in CI and CT operations under the UN mandate.

The significance of this exercise:

The training exercise is considered an important effort in India’s response to China’s growing influence in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. It is expected to send a strong signal to the world that both India and Sri Lanka understand the emerging threat of terrorism and stand shoulder to shoulder in countering this menace.

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