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EU offers to help counter violent extremism in Sri Lanka

The European Union (EU) expressed its willingness to support Sri Lanka in countering violent extremism and to support improvements in coordinating the country's counter terrorism efforts.  . 

Federica Mogherini, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, met with Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana in Thailand and expressed the EU's solidarity with Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday bombings. 

Addressing the 26th session of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on August 2 2019, Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, stressed the need for concerted global efforts to counter traditional and non-traditional security concerns, including terrorism, violent terrorism and cybercrime.  

The 26th ARF session focused on expanding confidence building measures and enhancing cooperation in areas such as the anti-terrorism effort, strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime. preventive diplomacy, countering violent extremism, promoting women, peace and security and ensuring the secure use of information and communication technologies.