Sri Lanka Army

Defenders of the Nation

07th July 2017 13:42:56 Hours

First Foreign Envoy Calls on New Commander of the Army

The outgoing Defence Attaché at the US Embassy in Sri Lanka, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Knox Ross this morning (7) paid a courtesy call on the new Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake.

During the interactive meeting that ensued, both of them exchanged views on sound and cordial relations and understanding that prevail and how the US positively contributed to the training programmes in the Sri Lankan Security Forces.

The outgoing Defence Attaché recalled his sentiments of special attachment to this country during the meeting since he was born and baptized in Sri Lanka during the tenure of office of his father who was a US envoy at the Colombo Embassy many years ago.

The outgoing emissary further assured that he would extend the best of his support to increase more openings in US training modules for members of Sri Lankan armed forces in the future, too.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Ross, in addition thanked the Sri Lanka Army for hosting a recent group of US Cadet Officers on tour and reminded that such familiarization assignments for US trainees and other academic bodies, would continue in time to come.

Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, appreciating the cooperation and the cordial working relations that prevail between the envoy and the Army told the visiting Defence Attaché that the latter’s personal attachment particularly to his own place of birth, has helped resolve many issues in an amicable manner, for which the Commander paid a tribute to him, citing a couple of such instances.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Knox Ross is the first foreign delegate who called on the office of the new Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake after the latter assumed office as the 22nd Commander of the Army.

Towards the end of the interaction, Lieutenant General Senanayake presented a memento to the guest as a gesture of goodwill and appreciation.

Major General G. V Ravipriya, Director General Training and the Military Assistant were associated with the courtesy call on the Commander.