EU envoys meet PM and discuss concerns

Ambassadors of European Union countries based in Sri Lanka called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today and discussed some concerns.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that the Ambassadors discussed concerns on various issues.

The talks had focused mainly on issues which had emerged following the Easter Sunday attacks.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that Wickremesinghe had explained the steps taken to address the issues.

Meanwhile, the Delegation of the European Union (EU), in a joint statement, said that they were deeply concerned by political and religious pressure being directed at Sri Lanka’s Muslim community which is undermining peace and reconciliation in the country.

The EU said that 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,” the joint statement said.

The joint statement was issued 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.

The EU urged 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. (Colombo Gazette)