US, China condole over the demise of Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter

Atul KeshapThe US and China today expressed condolences over the demise of the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter Most Venerable Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thero.

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said that he was privileged to meet and hear the views of the Most Venerable Thero, and Sri Lankans and Americans who knew him respected the late Mahanayake’s ceaseless efforts to improve the lives of all Sri Lankans through his advocacy for peace and reconciliation and the teachings of Lord Buddha.

“On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka on the passing away of the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya, Most Venerable Galagama Sri Aththadassi Thero,” Atul Keshap said.

The Chinese Embassy in Colombo said that the monk played a great role in promoting peaceful coexistence and reconciliation among various religious communities in Sri Lanka.

“It is with the deepest sadness to learn that Most Ven. Galagama Aththadassi Thero, Mahanayake of Asgiriya Chapter passed away on 9th March 2016. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China expressed the heartfelt condolence to the Buddhist community and the people of Sri Lanka. Most Ven. Galagama Aththadassi Thero is a Buddhist scholar with many attainments and highly respected by the world Buddhist community. He has played a great role in promoting peaceful coexistence and reconciliation among various religious communities in Sri Lanka. He is a good friend of the Chinese Buddhist Community and has made great contribution to promote the Buddhist exchange and cooperation between China and Sri Lanka. Most Ven. Galagama Aththadassi Thero’s passing-away is a great loss not only to Sri Lanka but also to the world,” the Embassy said.

The Chinese Embassy said that it will make an unremitting effort to promote the Buddhist exchange and cooperation between the two countries and deepen the traditional friendship between the two peoples. (Colombo Gazette)

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