War is not an option: Sri Lankan PM Wickramasinghe

| Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 18:37
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New Delhi: After the recently postponed South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Islamabad, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who is on a visit to India, on Wednesday said that war is not the solution to the India-Pakistan border dispute.

“I don't think war (India-Pakistan) is an option. Your Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has taken a lot of steps to defuse tensions,” said Wickramasinghe who is in Delhi on a three-day visit.

The Sri Lankan PM suggested that SAARC countries must discuss how to tackle cross border terrorism.

“Cross border terrorism is a big issue (in SAARC) and we have to discuss how to tackle it,” he said.

Wickramasinghe said that Sri Lanka pulled out of 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad after four nations pulled out of the meet. Last month, the country expressed its unwillingness to attend the event, saying the prevailing environment in the region is not conducive for holding the summit.

“Afghanistan and Bangladesh have problem of own internal security. We didn't but after four nations pulled out of SAARC, we too did,” he said.

On India-Sri Lanka fishing dispute, the Prime Minister said that there will be joint talks between fishermen associations on both sides.

“In first week of November there will be talks between Ministers of Foreign Affairs and fishery of India and Sri Lanka,” said Wickramasinghe.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister also met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital.

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