Opening ceremony of Exercise Mitra Shakti VI,
has been recently held in Sri Lanka. The exercise is being conducted from 26
March to 08 April 19. Troops from 1st Battalion the BIHAR Regiment of the
Indian Army and Gemunu Watch Battalion of Sri Lankan Army would be undertaking the
The primary focus of the exercise is to train
and equip the contingents to undertake joint counter insurgency and counter
terrorist operations under the United Nations mandate.
Mitra Shakti is an annual joint military exercise
between India and Sri Lanka. The exercise aims at building and promoting close
relations between armies of both the countries. It seeks to enhance ability of
joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under
The fifth edition of Mitra Shakti had taken
place in India, at the Aundh military station in Pune, Maharashtra in 2017.
India and Sri Lanka also undertakes SLINEX, a
joint naval exercise. Fifth edition of SLINEX had taken place in 2018. The
exercise seeks to enhance interoperability between the two countries and
contribute towards maritime security in the region.