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Sri Lanka’s security situation 99 percent assured: President Maithripala Sirisena

Meeting a group of foreign ambassadors on Monday, the President said the state of emergency was extended due to the search operations conducted by the military and hoped that it would not be required to be extended further.

His comments came as emergency provisions was imposed for a month after Easter Sunday attacks and has been further extended by a month till 21st of next month.

President said that large number of the terrorists and suspects have been arrested and huge quantity of explosives and weapons seized during security operations.

He thanked the envoys for the intelligence expertise and cooperation provided and  expressed  confidence that with the assistance of foreign expertise on intelligence, the threat of terrorism could be eliminated.

He said that in order to ensure non-recurrence of such terror attacks in the future, new regulations are being enacted and new institutions will be set up under the restructuring of security services.

President also urged the foreign envoys to continue to provide economic assistance and lift the travel advisories issued to tourists. Tourism has been hit in Sri Lanka after Easter attacks which killed 258 people including 45 foreigners.

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