Sri Lankan President urges all communities to live in peace with mutual understanding
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena urged all communities in the country to work together with mutual understanding to resolve the communal issues and ensure peace.
“If conflicts arise due to different ethnicities, the country will be doomed and all should work together with mutual understanding and contribute in ensuring the peace of the country,” the President said.
Addressing the National Ifthar ceremony held on behalf of the Islamic devotees at the President’s House Monday, the President said all should work with proper understanding and wisdom regarding the current situation that has emerged in the country.
“It is of extreme importance that everybody must solve the issues,” he said assuring that the government will take every required step to make the situation of the country peaceful.
The President noted that as long as everyone is looking at each other with hatred and suspicion there is no room for building national peace in the country.
President’s call to the communities to coexist in peace comes after 9 Muslim ministers and two Muslim governors were forced to resign from their posts due to the pressure from the majority Sinhala community after a Buddhist monk lawmaker began a fast demanding the expulsion of three Muslim political leaders alleging that they had links with the Muslim terrorists who blew up the churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.
The President further said the extremists’ and terrorists’ activities have been totally rejected and the government is contributing towards building a safe environment where all nationalities can live in peace with justice.
The President, referring to several issues faced by the Islamic community with regard to false rumors spreading that a number of Islamic people were remanded, said that he has already called for a report regarding the arrests. He said 559 Muslims are under custody for further questioning regarding the Easter Sunday attacks and after the inquiries steps will be taken to release those who do not have charges against them.
The Islamic leaders appreciated the efforts taken by the President to safeguard the reputation and respect of all ethnicities and religions and to ensure justice to everyone. They expressed their gratitude to the President for his actions under the present difficult circumstances.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, and ministers, ambassadors, business community, distinguished guests, and a large number of Muslim religious leaders and devotees were present at the event.