President Maithripala Sirisena has called on Asian countries not to allow outside powers to suppress the power of Asia.
Addressing the 5th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Dushanbe, Tajikistan President Sirisena said the Asian region, as the forerunner of the next century, should be strong and powerful in every aspect especially in peace and economic strength is the Century of Asia.
The President meanwhile warned against undue interference in internal affairs of countries in the guise of human rights and requested forces not to damage and interfere in the sovereignty of the countries.
The Head of State emphasized that freedom and democracy are indispensable features of every country adding any effort to influence and intimidate free nations is not acceptable in any way.
President Sirisena pointed that one important factor to face the challenge posed by terrorists and violent extremists and said l cooperation among nations is essential to face the challenge of terrorism.
The President pointed out that in this endeavour, strengthening economic objectives is also essential adding “Peace plays a vital role in alleviating poverty too.
As much as peace is essential to win the battle against poverty, defeating terrorism is imperative in order to ensure equal economic prosperity for every citizen.”