16th April 2018 20:07:04 Hours
A seventeen-member delegation of the United States Land Forces in the Pacific Command, including four US Embassy officials who arrived in Sri Lanka for participation in ‘Land Forces Pacific Programme’ sessions, had a courtesy meeting with Major General Dampath Fernando, Chief of Staff of the Army representing the Commander of the Army on Monday (16) at the Army Headquarters.
Major General Roger J. Noble of the Australian Army who has served as the Deputy Commanding General-North of the United States Army Pacific Command (USAPC) Headquarters in Australia headed the delegation, together with three-member delegation who had a courtesy meeting with the Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General Dampath Fernando at the Army Headquarters after preliminary rounds of discussions at the BMICH conference hall ended this morning (16).
During the cordial meeting, Major General Roger J. Noble expressed his gratitude to the Sri Lankan Army Chief for inviting him and his delegation to the discussions which highlighted the intellectual capacity and the military importance in addressing issues, related to matters of the US stakeholders’ five-year plan, security cooperation, etc.
They also exchanged views on current developments in the region and other matters of mutual interest and concern.
Towards the culmination of the discussion, Major General Dampath Fernando on behalf of the Commander and Major General Roger J. Noble exchanged mementos of goodwill and memory.
Major General Noble attended the Colombo Defence Seminar and contributed to the sessions in 2017.
Major General Dananjith Karunaratne, Director General General Staff (DGGS), Major General Aruna Wanniarachchi, Director General Training (DGT), Major General Mervyn Perera, Director General Overseas Operations (DGOO) and several Senior Officers were associated with the morning session’s discussions at the BMICH.