Sri Lanka to become a center of maritime trade guaranteeing freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean region – President
Thu, September 15, 2022, 12:55 a.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
September 14, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickramasinghe has stressed that plans should be made to open up the Indian Ocean region to the world, ensure its security and create a powerful Asia.
The President also stressed that efforts should be made to establish Sri Lanka as a center of maritime commerce by asserting freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean region.
President Ranil Wickramasinghe unveiled these views during the National Defense College graduation ceremony held on Wednesday (14).
President Ranil Wickramasinghe addressing the assembly afterwards said that “if we lose a good security system, our future will be destroyed and the world situation and geopolitics will turn very bad”.
Stressing that this is not good for the country, the president also said that as a country, 2030 was about security.
He explained that Sri Lanka can be used by terrorist groups to launch an attack against a third party and that preventing such terrorist attacks will be a major challenge that Sri Lanka will face in the future.
The President said that Sri Lanka does not want to see great power rivalry in the Indian Ocean region and stressed that Sri Lanka wants to see the Indian Ocean region as a peaceful region.
The President asserted that Sri Lanka would never engage in any military activity in the region and said that all ports in Sri Lanka are used for commercial purposes only.
The president also said that China holds shares in Hambantota port only as part of a debt management process.
The Commander-in-Chief also said that Sri Lanka has successfully ended the Thirty Years War and is negotiating with the Tamil parties for a solution to the national problem. President Wickremesinghe said he believed the national issue would be resolved within months.
The National Defense College (NDC) is the first institute of advanced studies and research established in the country for the purpose of providing training in national security and strategic studies to senior officers in high positions in the armed forces, police and the public sector. The institution will provide professional advice to the government on national and international security issues and also acts as a think tank on national security issues.
The mission of the National Security College is to train strategic thinkers, strategic analysts, decision makers, strategic advisers, and leaders in national security, diplomacy, and public policy to advance the national interest.
This is the National Defense College’s first graduation ceremony, which began in 2021, and the President has awarded degrees to 31 students who have met the institution’s requirements.
Minister of State for Defense Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon, Secretary of the Ministry of Defense (retired) General Kamal Gunaratne, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage, Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Sudarshan Pathirana, Inspector General of Police CD Wickramaratne, Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Defense RMBS Ratnayake, Commandant of National Defense College Major General Amal Karunasekera, Director of National Budget Department Sanjeevani Weerasekera and others were present on this occasion.