28th May 2021 21:03:44 Hours
High Commissioner of India HE Gopal Buglay, together with Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operations Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) was at the Colombo International Airport this morning (27) to welcome India 's National Security Adviser (NSA) Shri Ajit Doval and his delegation attending the 4th National Security Advisors (NSA) Level trilateral Maritime Security Meeting that got underway this afternoon (27) in Colombo.
The two-day long (27-28) meeting will focus discussions on maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean region, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
The Indian delegation headed by Shri Ajit Doval, India 's National Security Adviser (NSA) included Rear Admiral (retd ) Monty Khanna Deputy Military Advisor, Mr Amit Narang, Mr Akshey Joshi, Mr Akilesh Jindal and Miss Tejal Chandan. The NSA 4th trilateral meet is attended by the India 's National Security Advisor, the Maldives ' Defence Minister Mariya Didi and Sri Lanka 's Secretary Defence, Major General (retd) Kamal Goonerathne. Representatives from Bangladesh, Mauritius and Seychelles are expected to attend the sessions as observers. Defence Adviser in the High Commission of India and Indian envoys, several Senior Tri Service Officers including Major General Pradeep Silva, Director General General Staff of the Army were at the airport to receive the Indian delegation. The first India, trilateral took place in 2011 in the Maldives, the second in Sri Lanka in 2013, and the third meet in India in 2014.
The two-day sessions cover a wide spectrum of concerns such as maritime security, legal regimes, training, search and rescue, pollution, information sharing, curbing piracy, drugs, arms and contraband trafficking in the Indian ocean region.