Foreign intervention in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs — such as the pursuit of social harmony — will be counterproductive, Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris said here on Monday.

He was speaking at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies. The event marked the inauguration of a series of discussion on Sri Lanka’s National Policy on Social Integration.

“We do not comment on the domestic affairs of other nations. We respect their sovereignty. Sri Lanka expects reciprocity in that regard,” he said.