India hands over Dornier aircraft to Sri Lanka

In the presence of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, India handed over a Dornier aircraft to Sri Lanka on Monday, confirming its security relations with the island country.

The Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Gopal Baglay, handed over the maritime surveillance aircraft to the Sri Lanka Navy at the Sri Lanka Airforce facility in Katunayake, which is next to the Colombo international airport.

“The security of India and Sri Lanka is enhanced by mutual understanding, mutual trust and cooperation. The gifting of Dornier 228 is India’s latest contribution to this cause,” High Commissioner Gopal Baglay said at the handing over event held on Indian Independence Day.

A day before the arrival of a Chinese space and satellite tracking vessel that has alarmed India. Despite New Delhi’s concerns, including those expressed to President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Colombo has approved the Chinese vessel’s visit after asking a five-day delay.