At a meeting with the armed services and senior police officers yesterday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was confident the security forces could protect the country`s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Addressing hundreds of senior officers of the tri-service and the police at the BMICH the President called upon the security forces to protect the country, while the politicians attended to the peace process.
He thanked the security forces and the police for maintaining the safety and security of the people while maintaining law and order. Though a question and answer session was earlier planned it was not held as the meeting was, restricted to just 45 minutes.
President Rajapaska had decided to convene a forum to interact with senior officers of the tri-services and the police to get an idea about their grievances.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, tri-services chiefs and the IGP and senior Defence Ministry officials also attend at the meeting. One may recall that President Chandrika Kumaratunga took part in a similar event last year ? at the tail end of her tenure.