The government has decided to lift the emergency regulations, but the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is to remain.
Environment Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told the Cabinet press briefing that the emergency regulations would be lifted immediately.
He has said that the emergency regulations and the PTA were two different entities and therefore the lifting of emergency regulations would not affect the PTA.
Yapa said the decision to remove the emergency regulations was reached after months of discussions between the President and the Cabinet of Ministers.
He added that the decision was not promoted by pressure from any external forces.
According to Yapa, the decision was not made due to pressure from the international community.