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Defence Secretary visits Eastern Province Military camps

President's gratitude conveyed to soldiers:

WELIKANDA: Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited military camps in the Eastern Province on Saturday.

The main aim of the visit was to convey President Mahinda Rajapaksa's gratitude to the soldiers who excelled in the battles in Mavil Aru, Sampur and Vakarai.

The Defence Secretary, accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshall Donald Perera, Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka and several other senior military officials first visited the Special Forces Training School at Maduru Oya.

The Defence Secretary after receiving a ceremonial guard of honour addressed the Army elites commending their bravery and commitments to the duty.

The delegation later visited the Army 23 Division Headquarters at Welikanda and reviewed the security situation in the area.

The Secretary Defence instructed to accelerate the clearing operations in the area to commence prompt resettlement of the displaced civilians.

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