33rd IMBL meeting concludes on successful note

The 33rd International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) meeting took place between the Indian and Sri Lanka navies aboard INS Sumitra. This meeting occurred at the Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime Boundary Line, situated north of Kankesanthurai on 03rd November 2023.

The purpose of the annual IMBL meeting is to enhance connections and share perspectives on strategies that the navies and Coast Guards of two neighbouring countries can implement to address shared maritime challenges in the Indian Ocean Region. The Sri Lanka delegation at the IMBL meeting was led by Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Kanchana Banagoda, whereas the Indian delegation was headed by Flag Officer Commanding Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area, Rear Admiral Ravi Kumar Dhingra.

During this year's gathering, representatives from both parties engaged in conversations about issues concerning the security of their respective maritime borders and shared perspectives on the advancements made in previous meetings.

Deputy Area Commander Northern Naval Area, Commodore Nimal Ranasinghe, Director Naval Operations, Commodore Aruna Weerasinghe, a group of senior officers from the Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Defence Adviser to the High Commission of India in Colombo, Captain Anand Mukundan were also present on this occasion. Signifying the importance of the occasion, mementoes were also exchanged between two parties.