Condemning cross border terrorism that has affected India, Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said that the issue can only be resolved through dialogue and war is not an option.
“Cross border terrorism is a big issue (in SAARC) and we have to discuss how to tackle it. Don’t think war is an option, your prime minister has taken a lot of steps to diffuse tensions,” said Wickremesinghe
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Wickremesinghe will address the opening plenary of the India Economic Summit in New Delhi tomorrow. The Prime Minister’s statements came in the aftermath of the postponement of the SAARC summit in Islamabad after five countries pulled out with the reasoning that the environment was not conducive for the meeting.
He also made a series of statements on future plans on India-Sri Lanka relations. “There will be joint talks,1st there will be talks b/w fishermen associations on both sides(Indo-Sri Lanka),” he said.
Sri Lanka had pulled out of the summit on September 30th after four other countries including India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan had decided to drop out of it. India had pulled put of the summit citing the ongoing tensions between the India and Pakistan post the attack on Indian soldiers at Uri.