India invites US banned Sri Lankan Army general

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Shavendra Silva was invited as the Chief Guest of the Passing out Parade at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), in Dehradun.

The CDS arrived at the IMA on on 9 December 2023, and was warmly received by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Indian Army’s Western Command, Lieutenant General Manoj Kumar Katiyar AVSM along with the Commandant of IMA Lieutenant General Vijay Kumar Mishra AVSM.

General Silva was then ceremonially escorted by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Indian Army’s Western Command and Commandant, IMA to the esteemed saluting dais where he took the salute from the passing out officer cadets.

Meanwhile, the US has imposed sanctions on Sri Lanka’s chief of army staff, Lt Gen Shavendra Silva, for war crimes committed at final stages of the conflict against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2009, when up to 100,000 Tamil civilians were killed.

The US travel ban against Silva and his family marks the first time any of the leading suspects in the mass killings have been held accountable on the world stage.

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