Afghan situation could impact SL, other coastal nations - ambassador
Afghan ambassador in Colombo M. Ashraf Haidari has warned that maritime security in the Indian Ocean region would most be affected by the unfolding situation in his country with implications for coastal nations, including Sri Lanka.
Drugs produced in Afghanistan and trafficked by regional and transnational organized criminal networks had already affected public health, while financing terrorist activities are aimed at undermining governments in the region, he has noted.
His remarks came at a meeting he had with Major General Milinda Peiris, Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University recently.
The two discussed the recent developments in Afghanistan and their implications for regional stability and international peace.
Ambassador Haidari also discussed the failed Doha Peace Agreement, which excluded the Islamic Republic, and said its total lack of implementation has emboldened terrorists across the world.
In this light, he congratulated the General on Sri Lanka’s decisiveness in its war against terrorism, which the country defeated in 2009.
As South Asia’s oldest democracy, Ambassador Haidari said, Afghanistan had much to learn from Sri Lanka’s war-to-peace-transition, with the continued support of the international community, which he said should help ensure the formation of an inclusive and representative government soon.