PUNE || The seventh edition of the joint training exercise between the Indian Army and the Sri Lankan Army, Exercise Mitra Shakti concluded on Saturday at the Aundh Military Station, Pune. A contingent comprising of 120 personnel each from Sri Lankan and Indian Army participated in the exercise.
The two-week-long exercises had commenced on 01 December and focused on enhancing interoperability for developing the capability to undertake joint operations in counter-terrorism operations under United Nations mandate.
The themes chosen for the joint training exercise were both, live & contemporary affecting both the nations, the joint training exercise concluded with a 48-hour long culmination exercise which was witnessed by Senior Military & Defence officials of the Indian Army as well as representatives of the Sri Lankan Army.
The culmination exercise showcased the standards achieved by the contingents during the joint training & demonstrated the commitment as well as capabilities of the participating armies in working closely with each other to maintain world peace under the United Nations flag.
Both the contingents displayed a high degree of professionalism while practising various counter-terrorism drills which has been a great learning experience for both the contingents. The standards displayed by the contingents delivered a strong & reassuring message with regards to the intent, commitment & capability of both the armies towards maintaining world peace & upholding the mandate of the United Nations.
The conduct of such bilateral military training exercises is an important step to uphold the values of peace, prosperity, international brotherhood & trust. The exercise was a grand success and has taught valuable lessons to the troops of the participating countries.