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.

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