President graces 'Colombo Air Symposium 2018' inaugural ceremony
[October 18 2018]
President Maithripala Sirisena graced the inaugural
ceremony of the 4th 'Colombo Air Symposium' today (18 October). The
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene and Secretary to the
Ministry of Defence, Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC were also present at the
ceremony held at the Eagles' Lakeside Banquet and Convention Hall in
Attidiya, Colombo, this morning.
The flagship event of the Sri Lanka Air Force, the
Colombo Air Symposium 2018 is being held under the theme 'Air Strategy
in Substantiating the Geo-Strategic Importance of Sri Lanka'.
The inaugural ceremony of this two-day conference
began with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the President and
other distinguished guests. Later the Commander of the Air Force, Air
Marshal Kapila Jayampathy presented a memento to the President to mark
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Sampath
Amaratunge, Vice Chancellor of the Sri Jayawardenepura University.
The Symposium provides a gateway to unite local and
international military and other intellectuals into a common platform to
discuss and examine in depth the conformable air strategy in
substantiating the Geo-strategic importance of an island nation with
special emphasis to Sri Lanka.
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Chief of Defence Staff,
Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral
Sirimevan Ranasinghe, Inspector General of Police, Pujith Jayasundara,
members of the diplomatic corps, senior tri forces officers and a large
number of local and foreign participants were also present at the