State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene briefed foreign defence officials he met on the sidelines of the 14th Asia Security Summit – the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, on the initiatives being taken by the new Government since assuming office on addressing the issue of reconciliation.
On the sidelines of the meeting held today, the State Minister paid courtesy calls on General Prawit Wongsuwon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Thailand, Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence of the UK, Lui Tuck Yew, 2nd Minister of Defence of Singapore, and Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Defence of India.
The Ministry of Defence said that at the meetings Wijewardena discussed strengthening defence cooperation with the respective countries.
The State Minister also briefed those he met on the initiatives being taken by the new Government since assuming office on addressing the issue of reconciliation.
B M U D Basnayake, Secretary/ Ministry of Defence also met with his counterpart Chang Yeng Kit, the Permanent Secretary of Defence of Singapore and discussed how best to streamline Defence cooperation between the two countries through regular interactions at the policy and operational levels on the sidelines of the Dialogue.
The Keynote address of the Summit was made by Lee Hsien Loong the Prime Minister of Singapore last night focusing on balance of power, regional cooperation and terrorism. (Colombo Gazette)