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Sri Lankans being sent to Israel are given military training: Hakeem

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BY YOHAN PERERA  AND AJITH SIRIWARDANA

Parliament, Nov-25 (Daily Mirror)- Sri Lankan expatriate workers who are sent to Israel are to be given military training, MP Rauff Hakeem alleged in Parliament today.

"The Sri Lankan expatriates are placed in areas which have been taken over by Israel since the breakout of the conflict in the Gaza Strip," the MP said.

However, Minister of Labour Manusha Nanayakkara who responded, vehemently denied the allegation. 

"No military training is provided for Sri Lankan expatriates. Making false allegations will affect Sri Lanka's bilateral relationship with Israel. Allow the Sri Lankan government to maintain ties with Israel in line with its non-aligned foreign policy. We have opposed the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 and military strikes carried out by Israel on Palestine since then. One should not make irresponsible statements and disturb diplomatic relations," the Minister said.

He also denied allegations that Sri Lankans would be sent to war-torn areas and their lives would be at risk. The Minister said no employee would be sent to areas captured by Israel or in wartorn areas. He said all employees would be sent to areas that are not affected by the war.


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  • A disciplinarian Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:36 AM

    If Military Training is given to SL workers, it is a good thing, In fact in many countries in the world military training for everyone between 18-45 years is compulsory. Military training also improves fitness and discipline.

    Mahinda Mendis Saturday, 25 November 2023 02:54 PM

    Military Traning must be Compulsory Age between 18 to 45 . And it should be PLUS POINT IN ORDER TO TAKE GOVERMENT JOBS AS EELL AS OBTAIN THE PASSPORT TOO.

    Eper Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:42 AM

    Please send our rulers to highly developed and economically sound countries so that they can be trained in economics and development

    Hello Hello Saturday, 25 November 2023 01:35 PM

    If there is financial gain SL government would do anything because they don't care about the lives of the citizens.

    Mohamed Burhan Saturday, 25 November 2023 02:37 PM

    Israel Govt.must be giving military training to workers atleast to handle a gun and fire because they will be given jobs in places where work is needed from us and this is a place one should obligatorily know this bcos we dont know who is a friend or enemy in their present environment.when we have nothing to do and talk irresponsibly and upset the least diplomatic relationship with this country will ultimately lead to they will stop employing Sri Lankans.

    Sandy Saturday, 25 November 2023 02:48 PM

    Military training can't be given to everyone. Especially farm workers.

    Sri Lanka Saturday, 25 November 2023 10:41 PM

    Please give military training to our house maids going to Middle East also. It is important they learn to defend themselves when physical harm is forced on them.

    DOT Sunday, 26 November 2023 05:43 AM

    You are trying to Fish in dark waters!

    Citizens Monday, 27 November 2023 07:26 AM

    Don't shout for nothing!! Military training should be made compulsory in Sri Lanka. in most countries, it is compulsory to undergo military training at the age of 18.


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