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Pakistan's Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, NI (M) will arrive in Sri Lanka today (December 12) on a bilateral visit along with a three member' delegation.

Admiral Sandila's visit is being undertaken on the invitation extended by Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage.

During his stay in Sri Lanka, Admiral Sandila will hold detailed discussions on bilateral cooperation with his Lankan counterpart Vice Admiral Colombage. He will also hold discussions on matters of professional interests with Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, besides paying courtesy calls on the Chief of Defence Staff, Army and Air Force Commanders.

Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila's visit will provide both sides an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways to further broaden and deepen the relationship between the two Navies.

This relationship has diversified significantly since the termination of war in Sri Lanka. In the last two years, the Pakistan Navy has started sending young officers and men for training in Asymmetric Warfare, while the Sri Lankan Navy had dispatched, for the first time, its Naval Ship to participate in AMAN 13 exercise conducted by Pakistan Navy.

In earlier high level visits between the two Navies, Admiral (R) D W A S Dissanayake as Commander of Navy visited Pakistan in June 2012 followed by visit of Vice Admiral J.S.K. Colombage in November 2012. Pakistan has been regularly sending a senior officer for participation in the Galle Dialogue since its inception in 2010.