India, Sri Lanka agree to increase cooperation
- India and Sri Lanka have agreed to increase cooperation in security and defense spheres in several areas.
- The cooperation areas include regional security, curbing drug smuggling and human trafficking.
- The issues came up for discussion when Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena in Colombo during his official visit.
- India is the only neighbor of Sri Lanka, separated by the Palk Strait.
- Both nations occupy a strategic position in South Asia and have sought to build a common security umbrella in the Indian Ocean.
- Both India and Sri Lanka are republics within the Commonwealth of Nations.
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