State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardena yesterday asserted that the National Security will remain the priority of the new government and there will be no changes in the security policy under any circumstances.
Undertaking his first formal visit to the North and East after assuming the post as the State Minister of Defense Wijewardena arrived at the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) Friday (06) afternoon, together with the commanders of the tri-forces.
Addressing the troops at SFHQ-J Minister Wijewardene explained the sensitive nature of the national security concerns as well as the importance of maintaining the status quo.
"National Security will remain the priority of our government and there is no change in that policy under any circumstances," he affirmed.
"Members of the Armed Forces should not believe in unfounded rumors and various fabricated stories in relation to security concerns. I assure you that the government would not remove any Army formations in the peninsula, nor does the government plan to scale down security arrangements," the Minister told the troops.
The Minister also assured the troops that all members of the Security Forces will continue to receive welfare facilities they deserve with no change and added that measure will be taken to further increase such welfare benefits with new programs.
"With the objective of enhancing your professional knowledge, more and more opportunities for various study and vocational courses would be made available while expanding possibilities for new UN openings in foreign capitals, including the one in Haiti," the Minister disclosed.