President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that all countries should corporate with each other to wipe out international terrorism and religious extremism.
The President said this when he addressed the Conference of Asian Civilizations Dialogue, which was held in Beijing, China yesterday morning.
The first session of the Conference was held in Beijing this morning under the patronage of Chinese President Xi Jingping, with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena as a special invitee.
More than 2000 delegates and leaders of 47 countries attended the summit. The conference aims to discuss the Asian civilizations in the interest of safeguarding mutual trust and respect among the people of the world for the sake of humanity. The conference will be held in Beijing until April 22, 2019.
“My country lives in freedom and peace, without posing any threat to any nation, culture or civilization. However, on April 21, an extremist terrorists bomb attacks killed a large number of people and we are still in fear and horror, and especially in uncertainty over this unexpected situation,” the President said.
Speaking further, President Sirisena proposed that the voice of this group of Asian civilizations and the unity of the people as a friendly alliance under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jingping should be an asset to defeat international terrorism and religious extremist terrorism. A civilization cannot be surpassed by another civilization while the civilization and culture cannot be taken down by any law, amendment, or an international order, said the President.
On April 21, an extremist terrorists bomb attacks killed a large number of people and we are still in fear and horror, and especially in uncertainty over this unexpected situation
The President further mentioned that the Sri Lankan civilization was built within a foundation which has a historic identity that dates back to 2600 years of the Buddhist civilization while the ethnic groups belonging to Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, Malay, and Burgher are residing and they follow Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islam religions. The President expressed the importance of holding hands together by all the nations as one in order not allow any threat to be faced by any country, or ethnic group or any civilization. Sri Lanka, as a country that in free and peaceful is faced with challenges by an unseen forces that impacts Sri Lankan civilization and culture, he said. (SAJ)