High level meeting between Indian and Sri Lanka Coast Guards
Athree-member delegation led by Rear Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne, the Director General Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG), visited India from June 24-28, 2014, for high level meeting with the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The Indian delegation was led by Vice Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal, Director General Indian Coast Guard. The visit was in continuation of the various efforts by the governments of the two countries towards cooperation between the Indian and Sri Lanka Coast Guards and pursuance of the discussions on maritime issues of mutual concern to formulate a cooperative approach.
The establishment of Sri Lanka Coast Guard on March 4, 2010, has been a way forward in meeting the challenges in the new global safety and security regime in this region. The recent visit is very significant in providing a fresh impetus to the existing ties between the two organisations as the meeting is being held in the backdrop of the evolving maritime security situation in the region. The focus of the meeting was on further strengthening the operational level interaction for search and rescue, preservation and protection of maritime environment, revalidating standard operating procedures and communication procedures between the two Coast Guards.
The SLCG delegation also called on the Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy, and the Defence Secretary. During discussions, it was agreed to strengthen the cooperation on evolving collaborative approach, in addressing a spectrum of issues concerning safety and security and further streamlining the procedure for release/repatriation of fishermen.