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    May 28, 2019

    President Maithripala Sirisena briefed the diplomatic community about the progress of the operations carried out by the Security Forces to strengthen the security situation and said that the situation is 99% secure now. The President thanked the international community for the cooperation and assistance provided to Sri Lanka at the time of need and urged them to continue to provide economic assistance and lift the adverse travel advisories issued to tourists.

    Addressing Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, the United States, Germany, Australia and the EU, at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo yesterday (May 27), President Sirisena said that a large number of the terrorists and suspects have been arrested and huge quantities of explosives and weapons have been seized, the President’s media unit said.

    Explaining the successful operations carried out by the Security Forces and intelligence services, the President thanked the envoys for the intelligence expertise and cooperation provided by those countries. President Sirisena said that he was confident that with the current successful operations and with the assistance of foreign expertise on intelligence, the threat of terrorism could be eliminated.

    The President said in order to ensure a non-recurrence of such terror attacks, new regulations are being enacted and new security institutions will be set up under the restructuring of the security services. The foreign envoys and the representatives of international agencies were unanimous in their expression of fullest support to President Sirisena to curb terrorism in Sri Lanka, and thanked the President for the briefing.

    They said that the information provided was useful for them to evaluate the situation and assured that the travel advisories would be reviewed as soon as possible.When the envoys asked about the extension of the Emergency, President Sirisena replied that it was essential to extend the Emergency for another month because of the ongoing operations being conducted by the Security Forces.

    The President expressed confidence that the Emergency could lapse within a month. Secretary to the President Udaya R.Seniviratne, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Additional Secretary Esala Weerakoon were also present at this discussion.

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    Situation is 99% secure now says President, urges envoys to lift travel advisories - (15:17)

    President Maithripala Sirisena briefed the diplomatic community about the progress of the operations carried out by the security forces to strengthen security situation and said that the situation is 99% secure now. He thanked the international community for the cooperation and assistance provided to Sri Lanka at this time of need and urged them to continue to provide economic assistance and lift the adverse travel advisories issued to tourists.

    Addressing Ambassadors and High Commissioners of United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, United States, Germany, Australia and EU, at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today, he said that large number of the terrorists and suspects have been arrested and huge quantity of explosives and weapons have been seized.

    Explaining the successful operations carried out by the security forces and intelligence services, he thanked the envoys for the intelligence expertise and cooperation provided by those countries.

    President Sirisena said that he was confident that with the current successful operation and with the assistance of foreign expertise on intelligence, the threat of terrorism could be eliminated. He said that in order to ensure non-recurrence of such terror attacks in the future, new regulations are being enacted and new security institutions will be set up under the restructuring of security services.

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