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EU and Sri Lanka engage in counter-terrorism dialogue

The EU and Sri Lanka held an informal counter-terrorism dialogue today, chaired by Gilles de Kerchove, the EU Counter Terrorism Coordinator. .

Challenges relating to violent extremism and terrorism were discussed. The EU delegation underlined the importance of efficient coordination of counterterrorism effortts with a focus on the prevention of violent extremism and the importance of counterterrorism responses to be in line with human rights obligations. 

The EU presented Sri Lanka with a support package worth EUR 8.5 million which will focus on law enforcement, rehabiliation and disengagement, counter-narratives, and online radicalisation. 

Mr de Kerchove was set to hold meetings with President Maithiripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.