Indo-Sri Lankan joint Military & Army Exercise 'Mitra Shakti 2019' begins in Pune: Def Min

New Delhi: The 7th edition of joint military & Army Exercise Mitra Shakti 2019 aimed at enhancing interoperability and operational efficiency between the armies of India and Sri Lanka when deployed as part of the United Nations peace keeping forces commenced today at Aundh Military Station, Pune.

The objective of the Exercise is to build and promote positive relations between the armies of India and Sri Lanka through focus on subunit level training on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in urban and rural environment under the United Nations mandate.

The joint training exercise also signifies the strength of Indo-Sri Lankan relations in the field of military cooperation and engagement, which is vital for refining the interoperability and operational preparedness.

The joint exercise is designed for incorporating the current dynamics of UN peace keeping operations through practical and comprehensive discussions and tactical exercises.

The primary focus of the joint training exercise will remain on field craft, battle drills, and procedures, as also the ability to operate jointly with seamless interoperability.

As member nations of the United Nations, the participating contingents will gain immensely through joint operability and enhanced military and diplomatic association, said the Ministry of Defence in a Press release today.

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