22nd February 2020 17:01:08 Hours
The Zambian Army Commander, Lieutenant General W.M Sikazwe psc DIP (DSS) MA (DSS) enhancing bonds of bilateral goodwill, cooperation and understanding between his and the Sri Lanka Army arrived here this afternoon (21) on a five-day-long goodwill tour, along with a six-member military delegation.
The red carpet reception, coloured by traditional Sri Lankan Army cultural troupes and dancers greeted the Zambian Army Chief on arrival at the tarmac at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport after he was received by Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage Chief of Staff in the Army and Major General Priyantha Senaratne General Officer Commanding, 53 Division who is the senior Liaison Officer together with a few more senior Officers. He shared a few thoughts with Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage and Major General Priyantha Senaratne in the VIP lounge before he was driven to Colombo.
His delegation is comprised of Brigadier General Simusandu, Defence Attaché High Commission of Zambia, New Delhi, India, Brigadier General G Ng’andwe, Director General Training, Colonel Leonard Peter Daka, Deputy Director General Policy Doctrine and Strategy, Colonel Jethrow Chipili, Director Zambia Defence University, Colonel T Banda, Chief Instructor Staff College, Lieutenant Colonel M Shapwaya, Commandant Special Forces School and Captain M Mulenga, Aide-De-Camp.
During his stay in Sri Lanka, the Zambian Commander of the Army is expected to call on HE the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Hon Prime Minister, Secretary of Defence, acting Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Commander of the Navy, Commander of the Air Force and pay tribute to War Heroes’ Monument at Sri Jayewardenepura before he calls at the Army Headquarters, Defence Service Command and Staff College, Sri Lanka Military Academy, Naval Maritime Academy and several other places of interest.
Major General Priyantha Senaratne, General Officer Commanding, 53 Division and a few more senior Officers were at the airport to welcome him and his delegation.