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    President Sirisena Assumes Duties as Minister of Defence

    The President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as theDefence Minister assumed duties yesterday (Jan. 28) at the Defence Ministry in Colombo.

    The State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene welcomed the President on his arrival and delivered the welcome address at the main auditorium.

    Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. BMUD Basnayaka, Defence State Ministry Secretary Mr. APG Kithsiri, Chief of Defence Staff and Tri-Forces Commanders were also present at the event.

    Addressing the Ministry staff President mentioned that, more attention would be paid into the National Security while implementing a well structured plan henceforth. Accordingly, every effort would be initiated in strengthening the National Security within the Democratic framework as per the Constitution, he said.

    In his brief address President stated that, precise understanding of issues that poses in various faces nationally and internationally has to be addressed in a constructive manner while formulating appropriate solutions.

    While recalling into his directives of the last Security Council Meeting President mentioned that, respective authorities were informed to further study into the ongoing procedure of the National Security and to put-forward new recommendations.

    Meanwhile, President expressed that he is expecting a collective support from all the staff members of the Ministry in implementing the process.(president media unit)

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