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PM condoles death of India’s Chief of Defence Staff, others

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday said that Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces General Bipin Rawat was an exceptional friend who contributed immensely to the enhancement of Sri Lanka-India defence co-operation.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa in a condolence message to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the death of General Bipin Rawat said Gen. Rawat will be long remembered by Sri Lanka as an exceptional friend who contributed immensely to the enhancement of Sri Lanka-India defence co-operation.

“It is with profound sorrow that I convey my deepest condolences to the Government and the people of India on the loss of a distinguished son of the nation, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces, his spouse Madhulika Rawat and 11 staff members in a tragic aircraft crash yesterday,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said.

“The Government and the people of Sri Lanka join me in conveying our profound sympathy to the bereaved families on their irreparable loss,” the Prime Minister’s message said.

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