President Maithripala Sirisena today called on Asian leaders to unite against outside interference.
Addressing the Fifth Summit of Heads of State of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Dushnabe in Tajikistan, the President said that Asian countries must not allow outside powers to suppress the power of Asia.
He said the Asian region, as the forerunner of the next century, should be strong and powerful in every aspect.
“At this gathering I especially request not to damage and interfere in the sovereignty of the countries because of allegations of human rights violations,” the President said.
He said that freedom and democracy are indispensable features of every country and any effort to influence and intimidate free nations is not acceptable in any way.
President Sirisena also pointed out that cooperation among nations is essential to face the challenge of terrorism.
“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,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)