Sri-Lankan military to support armed forces in counter-terrorism campaign-DHQ

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Defence Headquarters says Sri-Lankan military has pledged its support to Armed Forces in its on-going counter terrorism campaign.

This assurance by Sri-Lankan military is contained in a issued on Thursday in and signed by Maj-.Gen- Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information.

said a high powered military delegation from Sri-Lanka held an exclusive brainstorming session on counter terrorism campaign with military high command at Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

It said the delegation led by the Sri-Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Jagath Jayasuriya, consisted of the country’s Chiefs of and Naval Staff as well as the Chief of Intelligence.

It said the delegation also had other high ranking , all of whom made presentations relating on their country’s experience in handling terrorists’ insurgency associated with the Tamil Tigers.

According to the , the CDS of Sri-Lankan, who opened the session of presentations, said the delegation considered it a good opportunity to share their experiences with Nigeria.

He noted the situation in the country had a lot of similarity with what obtained in Sri-Lanka when it faced the problem of terrorism.

“Extensive briefs were then delivered by the Sri Lankan CDS  and other from the Sri-Lankan military to explain the concepts and strategies adopted by its  military in the fight against terrorism.”

The statement said that the Sri-Lankan gave details on how the country practised what they referred to as “total ” which involved the translation of all the nation’s assets into military power to counter the scourge of terrorism. ‘’

It said that they suggested that the military needed to enjoy the support of the entire country in its efforts in counter terrorism.

It added that the series of presentation was followed by an extensive interactive session between of both countries.

In his closing remarks at the session, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh commended the visiting CDS and his delegation for identifying with the Armed Forces in its efforts at ending insecurity in the country

He assured the delegation that the was seriously considering the counter insurgency experience of the Sri-Lankan military.

“This is with a view to identifying those areas that could be operationally beneficial to Nigeria in its battle to defeat terrorism,” Badeh said.

Badeh also reiterated the commitment of the to protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.

The statement recalled that Sri-Lanka is acclaimed as having achieved the reputation of effectively defeating terrorism in its territory. (NAN)