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Sri Lanka High Commissioner Meets Pakistani Defence Secretary to Strengthen Bilateral Defence Ties

Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Pakistan, Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne (Retired), met with Pakistan’s Secretary of Defence, Lieutenant General (Retired) Hamood Uz Zaman Khan, at the Defence Ministry in Rawalpindi to discuss ways to enhance bilateral defence ties, according to a statement from the mission.

During the meeting, the officials reviewed progress on discussions held during the Pakistan Defence Secretary’s visit to Sri Lanka on January 3, 2024, for the fourth Sri Lanka-Pakistan Defence Dialogue. The talks focused on enhancing bilateral defence cooperation and strengthening military ties between the two nations.

Admiral Wijegunaratne, a former Navy Commander and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of Sri Lanka, is an esteemed alumnus of the Pakistan Navy War College, having graduated in the 1995/96 batch. He is notably the only Sri Lankan military officer to have been awarded Pakistan’s highest military honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military), by the President of Pakistan in 2019.

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