No need of military assistance from other countries to fight coronavirus -Defence Secretary

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 11:06 PM Apr 22 2020
Local No need of military assistance from other countries to fight coronavirus -Defence Secretary

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has said there was no necessity to seek assistance from other countries to deploy their military to contain the spread of coronavirus in Sri Lanka.

He said the Sri Lankan Tri-Forces and the Police had already proved their capabilities in containing the spread of coronavirus.

"Our military has already shown their expertise and professionalism in handling the emergency situation created by the coronavirus threat," he said.

The Defence Secretary said Sri Lanka would set an example to other countries, which were battling the coronavirus, on how a country could use its intelligence agencies with the military and health authorities effectively to control the spread of the highly infectious virus.

"Sri Lanka's intelligence agencies have been used to trace people who are closely associated with coronavirus positive patients and also their whereabouts to direct them to the 14-days quarantine process," he said.

The Defence Secretary referring to the recent news which said that the Indian Army would be deployed in Sri Lanka to support the country's efforts to control the spread of coronavirus, he said there was no such dialogue that had taken place between two nations.

Earlier, today, the Press Trust of India reported that the Indian Army is readying separate teams to be deployed to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Afghanistan to help those countries boost capabilities to deal with rising cases of coronavirus, Press Trust of India reported on Tuesday quoting official sources.

A 14-member Indian Army team was sent to the Maldives last month to help the island nation set up coronavirus testing laboratories and train local medical professionals to fight the pandemic.

However, when contacted a spokeswoman from the Indian High Commission in Colombo refuted the PTI story.

She added no such decision has been taken by the Indian authorities.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 11:06 PM Apr 22 2020

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