EU counter-terrorism expert to visit Sri Lanka
Wednesday July 10, 2019 13:00:00
ECONOMYNEXT- The European Union’s (EU) Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, will visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives from July 11-16 to help improve security in the countries, a statement said.
"The visits aim to support the two countries in their respective efforts to step up security and develop a better exchange of experience," a statement from the European Union Delegation in Sri Lanka said.
De Kerchove will meet high-level representatives of the Sri Lankan government, the opposition, and the defence establishment, as well as with civil society representatives, the mission said.
Sri Lanka faced one of the deadliest terror attacks in late April, when over 250 persons were killed and over 500 were wounded.
In the Maldives, de Kerchove is expected to have several ministerial-level meetings as well as discussions with security officials, , the statement said.
He will also meet representatives of the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
De Kerchove has been the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator since 2007.
He also teaches European Law at the Catholic University of Louvain, the Free University of Brussels and the Saint-Louis University of Brussels.
He has published a number of articles and books on European law, human rights, security and counter terrorism. (Colombo/Jul10/2019)
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