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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 - 19:34
Sri Lanka "firm" on continuing the training programme of its defence personal in India
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Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa has stated to Indian media that despite the stiff opposition from political parties in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka was “very firm” on continuing the training programme of its defense personnel in India.

During an interaction with visiting Indian journalists, Minister Basil Rajapaksa had admitted that the recent attacks against Sri Lankan citizens in Tamil Nadu had “hurt” the sentiments of the countries public, but said that no hard feelings were fermented.

Dwelling on the issue, Minister Basil Rajapaksa had stated that it has been the practice for any new batch to be sent to India for training and that Sri Lanka has no plans to change the tradition by resorting to send its troops to countries such as China for initial training.

Furthermore, Minister Basil Rajapaksa had noted that starting from the Defence Secretary to Army commanders , everyone had undergone training in India.


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