Scope of national security to be expanded – Sagala

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The Government is planning to set up the office of the national security adviser and a separate secretariat on National Security by amending archaic laws.

They will deal with National Security which as a whole will not only deal with territorial security but, also on other aspects such as involve food, energy and health security as well.

The planned office of National Security Adviser will also concentrate on security dealings with other countries plus how to and how not to work with certain countries, senior adviser to the President on National Security and Chief of Staff Sagala Ratnayaka said.

He also said the office as well as the Secretariat will also assess major security threats.

In addition, there will also be a separate National Security Council Office.

He also said the current laws on a National Security Council will be updated or amended as required by March 2023 to strengthen national security as it is extremely important to have a better assessment of internal as well as external security threats given the strategic location of Sri Lanka.

By Gagani Weerakoon