June 19, Colombo: All communities in Sri Lanka co-exist in complete harmony and all religious groups are free to follow their faith without any discrimination, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured.
President Rajapaksa has said that all communities in Sri Lanka live in co-existence as they have inherited a great culture and civilization, nurtured by the purest form of Buddhism for a long time.
The President made these remarks when a foreign Buddhist delegation visiting the island met him at the Temple Trees Wednesday night.
He said that following the end of the war against terrorism, the country is now enjoying the benefits of peace and freedom but some elements, who cannot bear the peaceful situation, were making futile attempts to disgrace the country internationally, by giving false information that there is no freedom of faith in Sri Lanka.
The President stressed that all religious groups in the country are free to follow their faith without any discrimination.
The Buddhist delegation representing several countries is visiting the island at the invitation of the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation.
The leader of the delegation, Venerable Hai Thao Thera, said that his delegation is in the island for 10 days and was able to visit various parts of the island and clearly witness the peaceful environment prevailing in the country.
The Thera said Sri Lanka's religious and ethnic reconciliation and rapid development following the end of a brutal war are significant and set an example for other countries.
Leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero and Western Provincial Council Minister of JHU Udaya Gammanpila were also present at the occasion.
(Photos by Chandana Perera)