Navies discuss migrant issue

Sri Lanka and Australia have had more discussions on countering people smuggling from Sri Lanka to Australia, the Navy said in a statement.
Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage met several top officials in Australia and discussed the issue.
On an invitation extended by Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Vice Admiral Ray, the Sri Lankan Navy Commander visited Australia last week and had wide ranging discussions on joint measures taken to prevent people smuggling as well as search and rescue operations conducted to save people lured to undertake hazardous voyages in perilous seas, the Navy said today.
“The visit reflects the commitment for continued cooperation between the two friendly Navies and improves bilateral relations to new heights. It also paves the way for enhancing assistance for training and education of Sri Lanka Navy officers,” the Navy media unit said.
During his visit the Navy Commander met the National Security Advisor, Dr. (Mrs) Margot McCarthy and made a joint call on Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley and Secretary of Defence, Dennis Richardson at the Australian Department of Defence.
He also attended a roundtable discussion hosted by Acting Commander Joint Operations, Rear Admiral Stephen Gilmore at the Joint Operations Command Headquarters. The Navy Commander also visited the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and toured the Australian Rescue Coordination Center.
At the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he met Ambassador for People Smuggling, Craig Chittick and they discussed a range of issues related to illegal migration and human trafficking.
The Navy Commander also visited the Border Protection Command and toured the Australian Maritime Security Operation Center accompanied by Commander Border Protection, Rear Admiral David Johnston.