Participating in a ceremony in Matale, the Prime Minister emphasized that the basis of IS terrorism is racism and counterterrorism programs based on the Sri Lankan identity should be prepared understanding this fact.
The premier said the attention should be focused on all three aspects of preventing people from joining the IS, preventing terrorist attacks and facing them in the event of an attack.
Wickremsinghe emphasized that steps must be taken to share the support and experience of international intelligence agencies using modern technology.
Meanwhile, President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he will not allow any foreign forces to come into the country as long as he is in office.
His comments came as top Buddhist clergy and a Catholic leader strongly expressed opposition to any agreement that may enable foreign forces to set up bases in Sri Lanka.
Opposition groups have accused the government of preparing to ink a military agreement with the United States which they claim would be detrimental to the country.