COLOMBO (News 1st); Japan on Tuesday handed over anti-terrorism surveillance and investigation vehicles and narcotics analyzers to Sri Lanka (8).
The handover to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the presidential secretariat was carried out by Japanese Ambassador Mizukoshi.
In response to the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in 2019, the Japanese government is providing aid in the form of grants totaling 1 billion yen (about 1.7 billion rupees) to support the Sri Lankan police in their counter-terrorism efforts.
As the third batch of equipment, Ambassador Mizukoshi handed over 29 vehicles for police patrols, anti-terrorism and crime prevention, traffic control and security operations.
The government of Japan has also extended the equipment of a total of 200 million yen (about 350 million rupees) to alleviate the influx of illegal drugs to create a healthy and peaceful society free of drug addiction, amid the growing illegal drug-related activities. in Sri Lanka as a new social problem.
The gas chromatograph mass spectrometer and mobile X-ray scanner donated by Japan will be used to detect and analyze narcotics and other illegal substances and are expected to enhance the ability of the Sri Lankan police to crack down on illegal drugs.
Japan will continue to support the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to eradicate terrorism and illegal drug crimes that pose a threat to the people of Sri Lanka, the Japanese Embassy in Colombo said in a Facebook post.