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‘We must continue to strengthen co-existence’

Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, I send my warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr in Sri Lanka.

For Muslims, Eid is an opportunity to reflect on the 30 days spent fasting and to recommit to values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity. These values and rich traditions have been a north star that leads toward the strengthening of peace, harmony and reconciliation with the Sinhala Buddhist majority and Hindu and Christian people of this country.

Over the past month, our country has endured challenges and senseless violence that broke our hearts and tried our souls. However, paramount to remember is that the religion of Islam denounces racism, extremism, and terrorism. Muslims of this country have through the ages proven with their lives that chaos and violence was what they rejected too by maintaining a mutual understanding with other ethnic groups and communities, always respecting Sri Lankan culture.

In these trying circumstances, my humble request to all Muslims is that we continue in contributing towards strengthening co-existence and the development of this beautiful nation we all belong to. It’s our country’s values and strength that galvanize us in standing together to protect one another—thereby, making our country stronger and safer. Efforts to divide our nation by faith will not be allowed to succeed.

Bearing this in mind, I would like to wish Eid-Mubarak to all our Muslim brethren celebrating today and hope that the blessing of unity prevails with all Sri Lankans celebrating this day.

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Leader of the Opposition and Fifth Executive President

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