Stricter laws to combat illegal human and drug trafficking

State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon said that strict laws will be implemented to curb illegal human and drug trafficking through the Indian Ocean.

The Minister also said that relief measures have been implemented for those who have been affected by the adverse weather and necessary amendments will be brought to prevent misuse of existing circulars in
providing disaster relief.

He expressed these views today (06) during a press conference held at the Presidential Media Center (PMC).

Tennakoon further commented;

“The security of the Indian Ocean is a concern for both India and Sri Lanka. The Navy contributes significantly to the security of theIndian Ocean region and does so with great responsibility.

Every year, the Sri Lankan Government obtains a report on national security for the following five years. This assessment covers crimes related to geopolitics, terrorism, extremism, and illicit activity. In
accordance with this evaluation, steps are taken regarding the security of the country as a state. When making decisions, these
evaluations are taken into consideration.”

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