Hugo condemns Sri Lanka bombings

Whoever perpetrated these hideous crimes – whatever their warped ideology – are murderers and cowardly murderers at that.

Will the Foreign Secretary convey to the High Commissioner James Dauris and to the government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that we want to show our solidarity and sympathy with our Commonwealth cousins at this extraordinarily difficult time.

Will he confirm – and it may be too premature to do so – many of those arrested to date appear to have connections of one sort or another with Syria. If that is the case, would he look very carefully at extending whatever assistance he is giving to the government of Sri Lanka to offer similar assistance to the government of the neighbouring Maldives where they also have a problem with returning foreign fighters from Syria, and where we have many British tourists on holiday at any given time of the year.

- Sir Hugo Swire, House of Commons, 'Sri Lanka Bombings Statement', Tuesday 23 April 2019