Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has condemned cross border terrorism that has affected India, but on the same hand has even said that war with Pakistan 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
Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday said that the issue can only be resolved through dialogue and war is not an option.
Wickremesinghe is about to address the opening plenary of the India Economic Summit in New Delhi tomorrow. The Prime Minister’s statements came in the aftermath the postponement of 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, first there will be talks between 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 out of the summit citing the ongoing tensions between the India and Pakistan after the attack on Indian soldiers at Uri.