The Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft which was gifted by the Indian Government was handed over to Sri Lanka today.
Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay handed over the aircraft to President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake.
The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that the Dornier 228 Aircraft which was handed over to the Sri Lanka Air Force will add to Sri Lanka’s security.
The High Commission further said like the fruits of other areas of cooperation with India, the gift of Dornier to the Sri Lanka Air Force is of relevance to Sri Lanka and a step to meet its requirements for maritime safety and security.
“It is an example of India’s strength adding to the strength of its friends and neighbours, including those in the Indian Ocean Region and the Bay of Bengal, such as Sri Lanka,” the Indian High Commission added.
Addressing the handing-over ceremony, Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay said, “Security of India and Sri Lanka is enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust, and cooperation. Gifting of Dornier 228 is India’s latest contribution to this cause”. (NewsWire)