The Philippines to send a specialist team to Sri Lanka to inquire on the technical expertise that can be provided to eradicate drug smuggling.
The Philippine government agreed to assists Sri Lanka to eradicate illegal drug smuggling, the President’s Media said.
This assistance is provided as a special benefit obtained by Sri Lanka from the President of Philippines.
President Maithripala Sirisena during the state visit to Philippines, paid a visit to the police headquarters on Saturday and enaged in an observational visit to the Drug Prevention Unit.
The President also engaged in observing an exhibition related to operations against illegal drug trafficking conducted by the Philippnes goverment.Then the head of the police and senior officials of the drug prevention unit met with the President and he said that an open battle against illegal drugs is being carried on in Sri Lanka.The President who mentioned that Sri Lanka is a special transit destination for illegal drug dealers and that he expect every assistance from all the countries of the world to eradicate illegal drugs from enteeing Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena described the process carried on to tackle illegal drugs in Sri Lanka and mentioned that several lives of the officers of the Drug Prevention Unit as well as lives of the police officers has been lost on such operations. President Sirisena mentioned that the fight against illegal drugs was initiated by him before 45 years when he was working as a govetment officer. That program was conducted by him as a member of parliment, deputy minister and a minister. He was presented with an international award from World Health Organization. President is carrying on the fight against corruption even today and that he would take important decisions within this year also.