As Buddhists, we are committed to strengthening co-existence – says President Rajapaksa

As Buddhists, we are committed to strengthening co-existence – says President Rajapaksa

Written by Bella Dalima

19 Jun, 2014 | 7:15 pm

President Mahinda Rajapaksa emphasises that Buddhists are committed to protecting co-existence between all ethnicities and religions and moving forward.

The President made this comment during a meeting with a delegation of Buddhists from overseas.

[quote]We are fortunate to be living in a country like this. At the same time, we need to keep in mind that there are certain forces that are trying to obstruct it. There is a group that is committed to report false information on the country. There are campaigns across the globe where certain incidents are portrayed in an exaggerated  manner. At a time like this, we are pleased that you have arrived here and obtained a clear understanding of the country. As Buddhists we are committed to strengthening the co-existence among ethnicity and religions and move ahead .[/quote]

The delegation of Buddhists from outside Sri Lanka arrived in the country based on an invitation extended by the Sri Bodhiraja Foundation, and they called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa  at Temple Trees on Wednesday evening.

The Presidential Media Unit stated Venerable Hai Tao Thero, who headed the delegation, was presented the Dharma Keerthi Sri award by the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Sect.

Venerable Hai Tao  Thero had said that inter-religious harmony in Sri Lanka, which is a post-war country, as well as the development it has achieved proves to be an example for other nations.

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