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* EU envoys meet Sri Lanka PM, express concerns about current situation
Wed, Jun 12, 2019, 06:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 12, Colombo: Ambassadors of European countries based in Sri Lanka called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today at the Temple Trees and discussed concerns about the current situation in the island nation.

The ambassadors expressed their support to curb the terror threats and brutal extremism in Sri Lanka and assured to take necessary steps to provide funds for policy changes.

The envoys noting the recent media reports on allegations inciting hate, said such media reports worsen the situation in the country..

The ambassadors expressed their regret over the Muslim ministers resigning from their posts and said they hope the politicians would get back to the government soon.

The envoys urged the Sri Lankan leaders to curb the violence directed at the Muslim community and ensure peace and reconciliation among the communities.

After meeting with the Prime Minister, the European Union (EU) issued the following statement in agreement with the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commission, as well as the Embassies of Norway and Switzerland.

"We are deeply concerned by political and religious pressure being directed at Sri Lanka's Muslim community which is undermining peace and reconciliation in the country. Prejudiced and unsubstantiated allegations repeatedly published by media serve only to fuel intolerance.

We shared our views during a meeting today with the Prime Minister. On that occasion we welcomed the government's commitment to address hate speech and to set up a religious reconciliation council.

We stand by all Sri Lankans working to preserve the peaceful coexistence between all communities, and expect religious and other community leaders to support them and speak out against violence.

We urge the President, Prime Minister, and all political leaders to reassert the state's commitment to mutual respect, tolerance, and equal treatment under the law for all, irrespective of faith or ethnicity."

 

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