Colombo Defence Seminar 2017 was held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) from August 28-29, 2017. The seminar, which was initiated as an annual forum in the year 2011 by the Sri Lankan Army, has grown into an internationally accepted round-table for interaction on matters pertaining to national, regional and international security. This year 87 delegates from 17 countries participated in the seminar in different capacities. President of Sri Lanka, H.E. Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest for inaugural session.
The seminar served as an audience for providing intellectual connectivity amongst those who seek strategic, sub-regional, regional, and global partnerships by assembling noticeable national and international scholars, think-tanks, and diplomats around this particular theme. The seminar was designed with sequenced sessions comprising presentations, panel discussions, and participant-oriented group discussions to optimize the discourse and to enhance knowledge on the entire gamut of “Violent Extremism” and its influence on global peace.
Three members delegation from Pakistan headed by Brig Shahzada Shahid Nawaz (accompanied by Col Sajjad Ali, DA) participated in the discussion, whereas Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt, Commander 11 Corps represented the COAS at the seminar as special guest. Mr. Muhammad Abbas Hassan was invited by SLA as lecturer on extremism-based issues related to West Asia.
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