Government calls for calm saying no terrorism threat to Sri Lanka

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Government today called for calm saying there was no terrorism threat to Sri Lanka.

Defence Secretary, General Kamal Gunaratne urged the public not to panic saying false propaganda was being spread claiming there was a terrorist threat to Sri Lanka.

He said that the Ministry of Defence, the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies have taken steps to establish national security.

An updated travel advise on Sri Lanka issued by the US State Department had been used to allege that there was a threat to national security.

The United States has already clarified that there is no change in the terrorist threat level for Sri Lanka.

The US State Department had on Monday issued an updated travel advise on Sri Lanka telling Americans not to travel to Sri Lanka.

A part on terrorism was also in the advise raising fears that there was a terrorist threat to Sri Lanka.

“Do not travel to Sri Lanka due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Sri Lanka due to terrorism,” the updated travel advise said.

However, the US Embassy in Sri Lanka said the travel advisory for Sri Lanka had been updated from Level 3 (reconsider travel) to Level 4 (do not travel) solely due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country.

“There is no change to the terrorist threat level,” the Embassy said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US issued the Level 4 travel health notice for Sri Lanka due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

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