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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commended President Maithripala Sirisena on the reconciliation programme undertaken by the Sri Lankan government. Turnbull who was in the country last week congratulated the President during bilateral discussions with President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. Turnbull assured assistance to further develop Sri Lanka’s counter-narcotic capabilities. Furthermore, Australia will assist the National Defence College (NDC) to be set up shortly in Sri Lanka. Mr. Turnbull said his government would depute a senior military officer for two years to provide administrative and curriculum expertise and to deliver select course modules to the NDC. President Sirisena also thanked the Australian Prime Minister for continuous assistance provided to Sri Lanka’s development activities and support extended at international forums. He made a special mention about the field of drugs and narcotics and said that illegal drugs are a major problem for Sri Lanka. He pointed out that because Sri Lanka is an island, many international narcotic cartels use this country as a hub for smuggling activities. He thanked Australia for assisting Sri Lanka’s costal security operations by providing fast naval patrol crafts in the last few years. (Courtesy news.lk)