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Sri Lanka needs strong defence policy – Army Chief

The country is in need of a strong defense policy in order to determine the depth and width of Sri Lanka’s national interest, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said.

Even after 70 years have passed since Independence, Sri Lanka has failed to formulate a sufficiently strong defence policy suited for the country, he said, speaking at an event held in Colombo yesterday (28).

The Commander further said that the Army is determined to completely eradicate terrorism from the country and restore peace.

Sri Lanka cannot afford to gloss over the security of citizens in their day to day lives, he added.

“In many societies, we find home born terrorists and self-radicalised individuals who can mount attacks with minimum resources. Radicalisation, extremism and terrorism are the priority areas in which we need to foresee our security concerns,” he said.

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