“The armed forces of Sri Lanka would always comply with the Constitution, and the Army is no exception. The Army as a professional outfit is always prepared to provide security and protection to the State as necessary,” stated Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Gen. Shavendra Silva, addressing a gathering of defence advisers and attachés of Sri Lanka-based high commissions and embassies, who were invited to the Office of Chief of Defence Staff yesterday (4).
The meeting was meant to keep those foreign defence advisers and attachés informed of the current situation.
Defence Adviser (Australia) Captain Ian Keith Cain; Defence Adviser (Bangladesh) Commander M. Shafil Bari; Military, Naval, and Air Attaché (China) Senior Col. Wan Dong; Assistant Military, Naval, and Air Attaché (China) Lt. Col. Chang Qianjin; Defence Adviser (India) Capt. Vikas Sood; Assistant Defence Adviser (India) Lt. Col. Punnet Sushill; Military Attaché (Iran) Col. Homayou Ali Yari; Defence/Security Attaché (Japan) Capt. Gaku Fukaura; Defence Adviser (the Maldives) Col. Ismail Naseer; Defence Adviser (Pakistan) Col. Muhammad Safdar Khan; Military, Naval, and Air Attaché (Russia) Col. Aleksey A. Bondarev; Defence Adviser (the UK) Col. P.J. Clayton; and Naval Attaché (the US) Lt. Commander Richard Lister were present at this meeting.