Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister Kasiviswanathan Shanmugam, who was on a three-day official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. President Rajapaksa and Minister Shanmugam broadly discussed a range of issues of importance to the two countries.
The discussions, which took place at the Presidential Secretariat, mainly centred on improving bilateral relations in areas of trade and investment. They also touched on regional concerns, especially in terms of countering terrorism, cyber-security, curbing extremism, threats from foreign influences and interferences, and improving intelligence.
They also discussed the new legislations introduced by Singapore to address hate speech, online disinformation, and the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act. The talks also focused on social media Intelligence models that businesses are increasingly relying on for data management, which is crucial for business development, functioning, and promotion. New technologies that Singapore is currently exploring in terms of irrefutable identification, which combines both digital and biometric identification, also came up in the discussions.
After the conclusion of the cordial talks, President Rajapaksa hosted Minister Shanmugam for lunch at the Presidential Secretariat, after which the Minister left for the Bandaranaike International Airport.