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Cross-Border Terror Code Issue For SAARC: Sri Lankan PM

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NEW DELHI – Asserting a war was not an option between India and Pakistan.

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that Sri Lanka on Wednesday said cross-border terrorism was a core issue on the table for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the members of eight-nation grouping have to discuss it and its impact before moving forward.

Interacting with media after talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on key regional and bilateral issues including security situation in the region.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also stressed that even if SAARC falls apart, cross-border terrorism will not end so India has to see how to move forward in dealing with it.

“Cross-border terrorism is on the table. SAARC has to look at it and iscuss what has happened (cancellation of the SAARC meet).

How we are going to handle it…SAARC has to decide on two issues cross-border terrorism and areas in which we can work together.

If we don’t do it, there is no future for SAARC,” he said; while noting that in last few years, nothing has moved in the grouping due to friction between two India and Pakistan.

Asked about his reaction on the possibility of military escalation between India and Pakistan in view of the Uri attack, the Sri Lankan PM said he didn’t think war is an option for anyone and observed that Modi has taken a lot of steps to diffuse the tension. – BERNAMA

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