- Published on Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:29
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Fifteen diplomatic heads of Islamic countries, resident in Sri Lanka, met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees Wednesday afternoon (17) to discuss various matters of mutual interest pertaining to both domestic and international arenas.
“We are happy to see the eradication of terrorism and a peaceful situation in the country,” said the Palestinian Ambassador in Sri Lanka Dr. Anwar Al-Agha, speaking on behalf of the entire delegation. “We are keen to see even more development," he further added.
President Rajapaksa assured the delegation that the Government will not tolerate anyone perpetrating acts to create communal or religious disharmony. If anyone has proof and evidence of such incidents, the President said, they should hand over that information, and action would be taken promptly.
President Rajapaksa also thanked the delegation for the support of Islamic countries for Sri Lanka at the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva last month. The delegation collectively expressed that they do not condone any country interfering with the domestic issues of another country.
Diplomatic heads from the following countries were present at the meeting: Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem, Minister of Petroleum Industries Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Parliamentarian A.H.M Azwer, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunatilake Amunugama were also present during the discussion