India-Sri Lanka training exercise on counter-terrorism begins

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

“The exercise is based on counter-terrorist operations and an infantry company from both countries is participating in the same,” a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

The exercise “will 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”, said an official statement.

The grand opening ceremony commenced with a parade, followed by skill displays carried out by troops from both countries.

“The fly-past by two Cheetah helicopters of Indian Army Aviation Corps carrying national flags of both countries was held at the start of the opening ceremony.

“The exercise will be conducted for next 14 days till October 26 and will involve sharing and learning from each others’ experiences,” the statement added.