Pakistan tells Sri Lanka of resolve to protect its territory

The High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe today and briefed him on regional security situation following the Pulwama incident, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today.

The High Commissioner apprised the Prime Minister about Pakistan’s desire for peace and stability in the region and resolution of all issues through meaningful negotiations and dialogue. He also underlined Pakistan’s resolve to protect its territory against any external aggression.

Dr. Shahid Hashmat, while highlighting the repeated overtures by the Prime Minister of Pakistan to de-escalate tensions across the Line of Control, emphasized that Pakistan would encourage international community’s support for dialogue between India and Pakistan for peaceful resolution of all disputes, including the Kashmir issue.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, while acknowledging Pakistan’s perspective, stated that Sri Lanka is closely observing the developing situation between India and Pakistan. He emphasized that the security tensions between the countries should not be escalated. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that both countries will resolve all issues through meaningful deliberations, which will promote peace and stability in the region.

He appreciated the role of the Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Imran Khan and underscored that Prime Minister Khan has demonstrated prudence and statesmanship under stressful situation. (Colombo Gazette)

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