Mar 06, 2017

Oppose violent extremism, Mangala tells IORA Featured

Sri Lankan foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera tells his counterparts in the Indian Ocean Rim Association member nations that they have a collective responsibility to act against any form of violent extremism which are associated with any religion, ethnic group, culture or nationality which can pose a threat to peace and prosperity of the region.

He made the remark at the ministerial meeting of the 20th anniversary of the IORA in Jakarta, Indonesia today (06).

The meeting is being held on the theme of “Strengthening maritime cooperation for a peaceful, stable and a prosperous Indian Ocean region”.

Speaking at the discussion on the future work of IORA, Foreign Minister highlighted that Sri Lanka envisaged the continued participation of IORA Leaders to "play a significant role by providing political leadership and vision to commitments and future engagements.

"It would also be useful for the IORA to engage stakeholders at different levels more constructively and explore mechanisms to encourage more interaction and participation," he said.

President Maithripala Sirisena is representing Sri Lanka at the IORA heads of state summit that begins tomorrow.