Sri Lanka Defense Secretary In Country On Official Visit

Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa arrived in Uganda on Friday on a five-day official visit.

Uganda’s State minister of Defense, General Jeje Odong received Secretary Rajapaksa at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport.

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Uganda, Vellupillai Kananathan said that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s visit is aimed at promoting bilateral security among both nations.

Uganda's President Museveni (R) and Sri Lanka's Rajapaska during the opening of the High Commission in Kampala
Uganda’s President Museveni (R) and Sri Lanka’s Rajapaska during the opening of the High Commission in Kampala

According to the Sri Lankan envoy, during his stay, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to meet with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and the Commander of Defense Forces to discuss matters of defense.

He will also meet a technical team from the Ministry of Defense, Kananathan said.

Gotabhaya’s visit comes two months after Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaska visited Uganda, a move observers say is a sign of improving relations between Kampala and Colombo. During his visit to the country, he oversaw the opening of his country’s High Commission in Kampala. It also followed a visit by president Museveni to Sri Lanka early this year.

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