The Indian government’s gift of a Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft was handed over to Sri Lanka today.
Gopal Baglay, the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, handed over the plane to President Ranil Wickremesinghe at Katunayake’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).
The Indian High Commission in Colombo stated that the Dornier 228 aircraft handed over to the Sri Lanka Air Force will contribute to the country’s security.
According to the High Commission, the gift of Dornier to the Sri Lanka Air Force, like the fruits of other areas of cooperation with India, is relevant to Sri Lanka and a step toward meeting its requirements for maritime safety and security.
“It is an example of India’s strength complementing the strength of its friends and neighbours, including those in the Indian Ocean Region and the Bay of Bengal, such as Sri Lanka,” said the Indian High Commission.
“The security of India and Sri Lanka is enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust, and cooperation,” Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay said at the handover ceremony. “India’s latest contribution to this cause is the gift of a Dornier 228.”