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Sri Lanka “firm” on continuing training military in India - Basil

The Minister for Economic Development, Basil Rajapakse, has reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to continue training its personnel in India.

Talking to Indian reporters, the president’s brother conceded that recent protests against Sri Lankans had “hurt” their feelings, reported the DailyMirror.

When questioned whether Sri Lanka was reconsidering the training programmes in India and maybe move to other countries like China or Pakistan, he dismissed the thought.

"No. We have never (thought about it) because in our long history since the days when we moved from British shoulders all training (to army personnel) were done in India or in Pakistan," he said.

"There can be various opinions, but we can't (shift the programme). We are very firm on that and we have confidence (that it will continue). We have not even thought about.

"Everyone go [sic] to India first and only then they are sent to other countries like USA (for training),"