July 18, 2019
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    Issuing a Media Releases the Foreign Ministry said that a delegation led by EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove visited Sri Lanka from 11 – 16 July 2019 for the EU- Sri Lanka Ad Hoc Dialogue on Counter Terrorism Cooperation.The Ad Hoc Dialogue, co-chaired by Actg Secretary/Foreign Affairs Ahmed A Jawad and EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator de Kerchove, covered recent counter terrorism measures, countering radicalization and violent extremism, security cooperation, capacity building and the listing of the LTTE by the EU. Discussions centered around sharing of information, experiences, technical assistance and creating platforms to learn from best practices, as well as setting up of mutually beneficial cooperation among security and law enforcement agencies of Sri Lanka and the EU.


    Naval personnel in coordination with the officials of the Assistant Directorate of Fisheries (ADF) in Mannar apprehended a person for illegal harvesting of conch shells on 15th July 2019.Accordingly, a group of naval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command in coordination with the officials of ADF conducted a raid in Urumalei area, Mannar and apprehended the suspect with 3212 conch shells which are less than 70 mm in diameter. The suspect has been identified as a resident of Talaimannar, aged 31.

    The foundation stone for the Cancer Treatment Centre which is constructed with the contribution of labour given by naval personnel, was ceremonially laid yesterday (15th July 2019 ).This centre which is expected to cater for the cancer patients island wide to spend their elderly time there, is constructed by the funds provided by Sri Lanka Cancer Association and donors and with the naval labour. The constructions were commenced today after religious rituals.Galle District Secretary Mr.Somarathna Vidanapathirana, Commander Southern Naval Area Rear Admiral Kassapa Paul, Director Karapitiya Teaching Hospital Dr. G. Wijesooriya, government servants, members of the Cancer Association and hospital staff were present on the occasion .

    With the intention of promoting reconciliation and confidence-building between the civil community and Army troops in the Jaffna peninsula, the Forward Maintenance Area (North) troops of the SFHQ-Jaffna organized a mega musical bash in Jaffna.

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