Sri Lanka seeks defense training from US, India - NY Daily News The US and India have responded positively to a request made by Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for enhanced training opportunities for capacity building of defense personnel in their institutes of repute. On the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, Sri Lanka's delegation led by External Affairs Minister, Prof. G. L. Peiris and Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa met General Martin Dempsey, Chairman US Joint Chiefs of Staff and A. K. Anthony, the Defense Minister of India, an External Affairs Ministry official told The Island. Peiris had an in depth account of implementing a locally chartered course of action for national reconciliation, which also included elements of rehabilitation, reconstruction and the socio-economic development of the conflict affected northern and eastern parts of the country, the official said. Both the US and India commended the incremental and steady progress being made in these areas and were keen to assist Sri Lanka in all aspects of their multifaceted bilateral partnership for attaining sustainable peace. The pivotal role that the Sri Lanka Navy could play in strengthening the security of sea lanes in the Indian Ocean had been discussed, he said Both the US and India had responded positively to a request made by the Secretary of Defense for enhanced training opportunities for capacity building of defense personnel in their institutes of repute, the External Affairs official said. Peiris addressed a thematic session on "South Asia's Growing Security Threats" in the Asian Security Summit, in Singapore.