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Armed forces commanders both from India and Pakistan will visit Sri Lanka this month. Expected first is the Chief of Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik. He is due to arrive in Colombo on a five-day visit beginning January 16.

His visit co-incides with the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) celebrating its 60th anniversary. Last month, the Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Nimal Kumar Varma, visited Colombo to take part in the Sri Lanka Navy’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

The Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army, General Ashfaq Kayani will arrive in Colombo on January 19 on a three-day visit. His visit comes in the wake of the official visit to Colombo in late November by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

Both visitors are expected to call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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