Sri Lanka to further enhance defense cooperation with the Philippines

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Shobini Gunasekera paid a courtesy call on Hon. Delfin N. Lorenzana, Secretary of Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, on 27 th February 2020.

The discussions focused on both the traditional and non-traditional security issues faced by the region.

Ambassador Gunasekera proposed the importance of initiating a defense cooperation dialogue between the two countries in order to further strengthen the existing ties and explore opportunities for cooperation.

It was agreed that such a dialogue would pave the way for confidence building measures including defense exchanges, training and capacity building, scholarships, networking and cooperation. It could also be a platform for sharing experiences and homegrown approaches on fighting insurgency, countering radicalization, extremism, etc.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen the existing linkages and mechanisms for information sharing.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
4th March 2020