- Published on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:00
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The Indian Union Minister of Defence M. M. Pallam Raju has told the PTI News Agency that India will continue to provide training to Sri Lankan defence personnel at India's Defence Services Staff Colleges despite the opposition from the Tamil parties in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Responding to questions on a letter sent to the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Minister Raju has said that Sri Lanka is a friendly foreign country and the training will go on uninterruptedly.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a letter to the Indian Prime Minister last Saturday raised the objection to training two Sri Lankan defence personnel at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington. A Sri Lankan Army Major and a Navy Captain are undergoing 11-month training at the Defence Services Staff College since May 19.
Jayalalithaa requested the Prime Minister to instruct the Defence Ministry to immediately halt training of the Sri Lankan defence personnel at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and send them back to Sri Lanka immediately. (niz)