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We respect Sri Lanka's national security but also support freedom of expression: US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The today said it respects Sri Lanka's national security, but asked to ensure the freedom of expression of its citizens.

The island nation has witnessed anti-Muslim riots in Kandy, in which several homes, businesses and mosques were damaged during three days of violence. The violence erupted after the death of a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority last week.

To rein in communal violence, a state of emergency has been imposed by the government. was also restricted in Kandy and including and app Whatsapp blocked.

"While we respect Sri Lanka's national security, the US supports an open, reliable and where the rights that all persons have offline are also protected online, such as freedom of expression," a State Department told

"The values freedom of expression and access to information as a key component of democratic governance," the said while responding to a question on blocking of and imposition of emergency in

Earlier, the US Embassy in said it is important that the Government of act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, protect religious minorities and their places of worship, and conclude the State of Emergency swiftly, while protecting human rights and basic freedoms for all.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 14:45 IST