British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, on Friday visited St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade, which was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday bomb attack. The visiting Minister placed a bouquet of flowers near the statue of St. Anthony, which has been moved to a location opposite the shrine for the public to pay homage. With Minister Wallace is Rev. Fr. Jude Raj Fernando, Administrator of St. Anthony’s Church. (Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)
by Zacki Jabbar
The United Kingdom has offered to assist Sri Lanka establish a Joint Terrorism Analysis Center similar to the one prevalent in Britain.
The assurance was given by Ben Wallace, the UK’s Minister for Security and Economic Crime, when he met with President Sirisena during his two-day visit to Colombo last week.
Wallace said the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre analyzed all the intelligence reports from different investigating agencies to ensure every report was given due attention to avoid any security lapses.
“We would be glad to assist Sri Lanka set up a similar central body to analyze intelligence reports”, the visiting Minister said.
Wallace stressed that the UK would also do all it can, to help the Sri Lankan tourism industry return to full strength
“As part of my visit, I have discussed our current travel advice and been clear that we hope to see the Sri Lankan tourism industry return to full strength. We will do all we can, to help your authorities with this”, he added.