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Secretary attends INSSSL Panel Discussion

Secretary attends INSSSL Panel Discussion

[Feb 07 2017]

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi attended a panel discussion organized by the Institute of National Security Studies and the High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo on Monday (06th February). Secretary Hettiarchchi delivered the Keynote Address at the discussion titled 'SAARC Its Impediments and Way Forward'.

The panel of speakers also included the High Commissioner of Pakistan HE. Maj Gen (Retd) Syed Shakeel Hussain, former Ambassador to China and Sri Lanka's UN Permanent Mission in New York and Geneva Mr. Nihal Rodrigo, Professor and Head of Department, Department of Govt. Policy and Public Administration, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, National Universities of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad, Dr. Syed Rifaat Husaain, Chairman, Pathfinder Group, Co-Chairman, Karachi Council of Foreign Relations (KCFR) Karachi, Mr. Ikram Sehgal and the Director of the INSSSL Mr. Asanga Abegoonasekera.

Discussions were held on subjects ranging from the SAARC, Indus Water Treaty, Issues Impacting Regional Politics and Global Challenges to South Asia.

The Institute of National Security Studies (INSSSL) is the premiere national defence think tank of Sri Lanka under the Ministry of Defence. It was established to understand the security environment and to work with government to craft evidence based policy options and strategies for debate and discussion to ensure national security. The institute regularly conducts discussions on a broad range of thematic issues.

Former service chiefs, members of the diplomatic corps and distinguished invitees were also present at the occasion.

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