Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is in India at present, said,”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.”
He said, “South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, or SAARC, has largely been defunct for the last few years because of India-Pakistan friction and could soon become non-functional.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Sri Lanka’s PM Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi (pic courtesy: PIB India)
SAARC Summit, which has eight members, was scheduled to be hosted in Islamabad on 9-10 November. It got postponed after five members including Sri Lanka pulled out in the wake of the Uri terror attack.