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EU and Sri Lanka hold informal counterterrorism dialogue

Colombo, 15/07/2019 - 11:32, UNIQUE ID: 190715_5
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The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held on 15 July an informal counterterrorism dialogue.

The European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka held on 15 July an informal counterterrorism dialogue, chaired on the EU side by EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles De Kerchove, accompanied by EEAS Head of Division for Counterterrorism John Gatt-Rutter, and on the Sri Lankan side by Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed A. Jawad.

Mr de Kerchove underlined the EU's solidarity with Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. Common challenges relating to violent extremism and terrorism were discussed and experience regarding responses was shared. The EU underlined the importance of efficient coordination of counterterrorism efforts, the essence of focusing on the prevention of violent extremism and the importance of counterterrorism responses to be fully in line with human rights obligations.

The EU presented a support package for Sri Lanka under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace, to be implemented with the UNODC and UNDP. The package worth EUR 8.5 million will notably focus on law enforcement, rehabilitation and disengagement, counter-narratives, and online radicalisation.

Following the dialogue, Mr de Kerchove was set to hold meetings with H.E. President Maithripala Sirisena, the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.

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