Security Agenda

Ports and Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera will tackle enforcement of several security deals with the US while in Washington this week. Ports and Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera will tackle enforcement of several security deals with the US while in Washington this week.

The Minister is on a five-day visit to Washington to attend the International Summit on Aviation Safety and Security hosted by the George Washington University Aviation Institute.

Sri Lanka has been systematically upping security at its port and airport, driven mainly by its largest trading partner the United States, a critical issue in its global war on terrorism.

About 70 percent of Sri Lanka’s GDP is generated by trade, with US$ 1.8 bn worth of exports, mainly apparel, headed to the US.

“Promotion of Colombo as a transportation hub also requires increased levels of port and aviation security. Airport Security is also critical for the country’s transportation, commercial and trading interests,” a statement from the Sri Lanka Embassy in the US, said Tuesday.

The Minister will also sign a Memorandum Of Understanding with the US in two weeks und