India-Sri Lanka started joint military exercise, Mithra Shakti
Indian and Sri Lankan Special Forces have started nearly three-week military exercise Mithra Shakthi.
Mithra Shakthi exercise: three week mock war drill between Special Forces of Indian and Sri Lankan Army
The special forces of Indian and Sri Lankan armies on 3 November 2014 began a three-week long mock war drill at the Uva-Kudaoya Commando Regiment Training School near Colombo in the island nation. The exercise will continue till 23 November 2014.
This exercise is a part of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency in the island nation.
Participants of the Mithra Shakti exercise
• India – more than 42 Indian Army personnel are taking part in the exercise
• Sri Lanka – a contingent of 168 officers and other ranks from Sri Lanka Army Special Forces and Commando Regiment, accompanied by 16 officers and other ranks from Sri Lanka Navy and 16 officers and other ranks from Sri Lanka Air Force
The exercise is seen as New Delhi’s attempts to advance a dialogue, which began with Colombo in 2012 to counter China’s growing influence in the region and is indicative of strengthening bilateral military relations.