The British Government has offered Sri Lanka assistance to establish a central intelligence body.
British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace told President Maithripala Sirisena that the Islamic State always adapts new strategies to commit acts of terrorism and it is important for intelligence services in every country to share information with each other in this global effort to combat terrorism.
The British Minister, who is an ex-military intelligence officer before joining politics, said that his country was focused on the IRA when Al Qaeda attacks took place in London and Manchester.
“Now we have set up the Joint Terrorism Analyzing Centre to analyze all the intelligence reports from different investigating agencies to ensure every report is given due attention to avoid security lapses,” he said.
The Minister said UK could assist Sri Lanka to set up a similar central body to analyze intelligence reports.
The British Minister of State said this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo, the President’s office said.
Stating that recent attacks by Islamist terrorist is a part of the international terror campaign of the Islamist State, Wallace emphasized the imperative need for cooperation among the intelligence services all over the world to combat this menace.
President Sirisena thanked Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Therese May and the government of United Kingdom for the condolences and support extended at this time of difficulty. He also thanked the Minister for sending intelligence experts to assist Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)