The Army Commander notifies the Defense Advisors/Attachés that the Armed Forces will uphold the Constitution

Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva

General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of the Army, told a group of diplomats in Colombo yesterday that Sri Lanka’s armed forces would uphold the constitution.

“The army as a professional body is always ready to provide security and protection to the state when needed,” said Silva, speaking to a gathering of defense advisers/attachés from Sri Lanka-based high commissioners and embassies based in the office of the Chief of Sri Lanka were invited defense staff yesterday.

The meeting was held to assess the Defense Advisors/Attachés informed of the current situation.

Defense Advisor Australia Capt. Ian Keith Cain, Defense Advisor Bangladesh Commander M. Shafil Bari, Military, Naval and Air Attache China Senior Colonel Wan Dong, Deputy Military Naval and Air Attache China Lt. Col. Chang Qianjin, Defense Advisor India Capt. Vikas Sood Deputy Defense Advisor India Lt. Col. Punnet Sushill, Military Attaché Iran Colonel Homayou Ali Yari, Defense/Security Attaché Japan Capt. Gaku Fukaura,

Defense Advisor Maldives Col. Ismail Naseer, Defense Advisor Pakistan Col. Muhammad Safdar Khan, Military, Naval and Air Attaché Russia Col. Aleksey A. Bondarev,

Present at this meeting were the United Kingdom Defense Advisor, Colonel PJ Clayton, and the United States Naval Attaché, Lieutenant Commander Richard Lister.

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