Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General, Crishanthe De Silva (Second from the left) | Pic by Chandana Wijesinghe

Sri Lanka Army announces that everything is set to hold the ‘Defense Seminar -2015’ for the 5th consecutive year in Colombo on September 1 and 2 with the participation of 350 participants. The distinguished participants include 62 foreign delegates and statesmen such as former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai.

The theme selected for this year is ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats’, and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General, Crishanthe De Silva said the seminar will definitely contribute to strengthening of mutual bonds of goodwill with all supporting the country and its armed forces.

“This forum discusses and exchanges views on matters of security concern to the region as well as to the world, taking current global trends into consideration. The Army has gained recognition for the conduct of this interactive dialogue since its founding in 2011. This has enabled us to get a better exposure and the ever swelling numbers attending it every year itself is a testimony to this global recognition”, the Commander said. This year’s comprehensive two-day sessions while mainly focusing on ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats’ are segmented into nine separate sessions under sub themes, such as ‘Nature of Threats Affecting the National Security of a Nation’, ‘Emerging World Order’, ‘Terrorism and Challenges to National Security’ and ‘Non-military Threats to National Security’ etc and the seminar is to be attended by 350 invitees, including 66 foreign delegates.

He also attributed the presence of the former President of Afghanistan as the keynote speaker to the inaugural sessions as a very notable feature in this year’s arrangements. He would be one of the most suitable persons to comment on the Seminar’s main theme, ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats’, the Commander added.
Referring to the previous seminars and their outcome, the Commander said that some of the speakers and attendees are annually taking part in the forum with enthusiasm. We have selected a wide gathering of local speakers as we did in the previous years, the Commander said responding to a media query.

Major General Jagath Dias told the Media that one should not forget the fact that Army personnel who had been serving in the North in the aftermath of the war had never been accused of any wrong-doing. Instead, those northern people have been reaching us for assistance all the time. That fact proves how effective our professional conduct is right throughout.

Major General Jagath Dias, Chief of Staff, Major General UAB Medawela, Commander, Security Force Headquarters – West, Major General BA Perera, Director General General Staff, Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Military Secretary, Brigadier Aruna Jayasekara, Director Training and Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera, Director Media at the Army Headquarters, were associated with the briefing on Wednesday