COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has made it clear that his country will not be a part of any big power rivalry, especially in the Indian Ocean region."The total competition in the world has gone from US and Russia to US and China," said the President adding that whatever happens in Russia is a sideshow."Whether the US is in the Indian ocean we have no objections. We have no objections to the Japanese or the Chinese being there, as long as there is no rivalry. We are the literal states, and we have to look after our interests.
The largest of them is India, and being the largest literal state India would like very much to ensure that there is no threat to them. But, we all accept that there should not be any threat to literal states. It should not lead to a competition or threat that would a rivalry to all of us," said Wickremesinghe.He was speaking at the General Convocation of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on Friday (11) as the Chief Guest."Some will ask why are you focusing so much on the armed forces, why are we looking at defence 2030.
It is because if we don't think of it we will not have a future. None of us wants the armed forces to go to war or to fight anywhere. That is not what we have to do.
We have to defend the country, not go out," added Ranil Wickremesinghe.The Sri Lankan President also said that "First we must build an economy that is outward looking and that can grow at about 7% to 8%. So that we can catch up on what we have lost, and go further.""We are a country that comes under pressure for many things, for things which we have not done and we are not responsible for, and often imagined threats of others. ++ We should not allow any country to think
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