Sri Lanka and Thailand call for enhanced defense & maritime security cooperation to tackle terrorism

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, is on an official trip to Sri Lanka, where Yingluck is the third foreign person, to have address the Sri Lanka’s Parliamant. While a trade and business agreement have been reached, that is striking, coming from the visit, is Yingluck’s agreement with the country on defense issues. Sri Lanka and Thailand yesterday called for enhanced defense and maritime security cooperation to tackle terrorism, President Mahinda Rajapakse’s office said. The two countries agreed to share more intelligence at the start of an overnight visit to Sri Lanka by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the presidential secretariat said in a statement.“We must cooperate more closely in security-related information and intelligence sharing,” the statement quoted Rajapakse as saying during bilateral talks in Colombo. It said the two leaders “agreed to enhance cooperation in defense and maritime security”, but gave no further details. However, it said Rajapakse “pointed out” that despite his troops crushing Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a major offensive in 2009, supporters of the defeated rebels were continuing their separatist campaign from overseas (Source).

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