Ladies and Gentlemen:
I thank you Mr. Whalley for your kind words of introduction. I am delighted to have the opportunity once again to speak at the IISS. We hold in high esteem the work of IISS and consider it a privilege to be associated with your activities, in particular the Annual Shangri-La Dialogue which has become a global security summit with an extremely relevant agenda. I also take this opportunity to acknowledge the support extended by IISS over the years to the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations & Strategic Studies in Colombo. May I also thank Dr John Chipman, Director General and Mr Rahul Chaudhury of IISS for inviting me here this afternoon.