The Sri Lanka Muslim Council, has in a letter to Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said it was satisfied with the response he gave after concerns were raised over a statement he had made on Muslim extremists.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said it appreciates his clarification confirming that he did not in any way insinuate that the Muslim Community in Sri Lanka endorsed the actions of external extremist elements.
“The Muslim Community also greatly appreciates your recognition of the unstinted cooperation extended by the Muslim Community and their unwavering loyalty and commitment to peace, prosperity and developments of our motherland,” the Muslim Council added.
The Council assured the Defence Secretary that the Muslims in Sri Lanka will continue to support and protect the hard won peace and stability in Sri Lanka and will not allow any extremist forces from outside, whether Muslim or otherwise to operate under the cover of the Muslim community.
“We further wish to place on record our deep appreciation of your support and assistance during the recent challenges faced by the Muslim Community,” the Muslim Council added.
The Muslim Council had this week raised concerns over the comments made by the Defence Secretary at a defence seminar where he had said that the government was on alert over attempts to spread Muslim extremism in Sri Lanka.
He had said that it is known that some Muslim extremist elements attempt to use Sri Lanka as a transit country and there are fears that in that attempt they may spread their ideology in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)