Emergency can be lifted soon – Sirisena

The state of Emergency can be lifted once the one month period is over next month, President Maithripala Sirisena said today (27).

He said this when he met a number of foreign envoys based in Colombo this morning at the Presidential Secretariat, according to a press release issued by his office.

The President told the diplomats that the situation has improved and that 99 percent of security can be guaranteed.

The assistance of foreign intelligence agencies had contributed to this effort Sirisena said. He thanks the envoys for their assistance.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, Canada, Japan, Germany, and Australia were present.

These countries are a major source of high-value tourists to the country. All of them imposed travel advisory on Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday attacks that left a total of 258 people including 45 foreigners dead.

The President asked the envoys for their cooperation in improving the economic situation of the country and requested these countries to remove the travel restrictions to Sri Lanka.

The President also said that a reorganization of the security apparatus is being done to ensure there will be no lapses in the future.

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