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President Speaks to Tri-Service & Police Personnel Serving in the North

[2017-03-07 21:35:15]

On 4th March 2017 HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces made a first formal visit to Jaffna upon assumption of office as the Executive President in Sri Lanka. HE the President, together with several Cabinet Members, Acting Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Tri-Service Commanders and Inspector General of Police (IGP) attended a series of meetings during the visit.

The Commander-in-Chief arrived to Palaly in the morning and was received by the Governor Northern Province, CDS, Tri-Service Commanders, IGP, Commander Security Force Jaffna, Tri-Service Formation Commanders and senior Police officials in Jaffna.

Troops of the Security Force (Jaffna) - SF (J) in line with military traditions accorded a drive-past Guard Turnout to the visiting Commander-in-Chief.

Soon after the military formalities, the visiting Commander-in-Chief was invited to plant a 'Naa' sapling at the HQ SF (J) premises as a symbol of memory of his visit.

As the first event HE the President had a cordial meeting with a gathering of ex-servicemen residing in Jaffna. A cash gifts of Rs 10,000.00 and gifts were presented by the President.

HE the President afterwards posed for a group photograph with those representative ex-servicemen at the invitation of those retired servicemen.

President Maithripala Sirisena then went to Sri Lanka Air Force hangar where an estimated gathering of 4000 tri-service troops and Police personnel were awaiting for the troop address of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

Major General Nirmal Darmarathna, General Officer Commanding, 55 Division of the HQ SF (J) saluted the day's Chief Guest and reported the gathering to him.

Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, Security Force (Jaffna) delivered the formal welcome address on behalf of tri-service troops, Police personnel in Jaffna Peninsula and invited to the President.

In his address the President insisted on the significance of raising the standards of the services and the Police to match with international standards through enhancing professionalism and training.

He also underlined the need of maintaining the hard-earned peace for the country's prosperity and assured that the government would to perform all possible approaches to sustain the status-quo.

The President mentioned that he would do everything possible to make the Sri Lankan Armed Forces one of the best in the world in future.

All Ranks lunch was held with more than 200 Army, Navy, Air Force and Police personnel at Headquarters Security Force (Jaffna).

Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, SF (J) presented a special memento as a token of mutuality and honour.

Before his departure from the HQ SF (J) premises, he left his signature in the Visitors' Book at HQ SF (J).

President Sirisena also took part in 'Tell the President' programme at Governor's Office during the course of the day.

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