Sri Lanka said the act of terror in Sydney highlights the need for the concerted action by the international community to combat the menace of terrorism and ensure global peace and security.
In a statement issued Tuesday the government vehemently condemning the hostage taking by a lone gunman in a cafe in Sydney, Australia said the people of Sri Lanka who have suffered under the scourge of terrorism for almost three decades, share the pain and anguish of the people of Australia over this act of terror targeting innocent civilians.
The siege by an armed Iranian immigrant on Monday at a cafe in Sydney's central business district where 17 people were held hostage, resulted in the death of two hostages and injured five including a policeman.
"Sri Lanka condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and this tragic incident once again highlights the need for concerted action by the international community to combat this menace in the interest of global peace and security," the government said.
"The Government and the people of Sri Lanka offer their deepest condolences to the Government and the people of Australia, particularly to the families of the victims, and wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured."
President Mahinda Rajapaksa tweeted the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot on Monday conveying that he is 'deeply disturbed' by the incident and 'Sri Lanka stands united with Australia in fighting terrorism'. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris in a telephone conversation with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop on the same day reiterated these sentiments.