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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 723

Sri Lanka today is a Nation for all communities and all religions said Minister Nimal Sripala de Silva

London, 25 December, (Asiantribune.com):

Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Leader of the House, addressed the diaspora community said "Sri Lanka today is a Nation for all communities and all religions." Christmas_Carols.jpg

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London celebrated a Christmas Carol Service on the 14 December 2012, with the participation of over 150 members of the Sri Lankan Diaspora community living in the UK. The evening commenced with the lighting of the advent candles.

Rev. Father Rohitha Rodrigo; Rev Father Tony de Alwis, Venerable Konwawe Ariyarathana Thero; Pastor Charles Abraham; and Rev Father Colvin addressed the gathering, conducted prayers , and highlighted the significance of Christmas, and the message of peace, love and goodwill to all.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva who participated in the Christmas Carol Service, addressed the diaspora community and spoke of the sincere reconciliation efforts, in addition to rehabilitation and reconstruction, and the imperative of bringing the hearts and minds of the diaspora together.

He congratulated High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis on all his initiatives in bringing the diaspora communities living in the UK together as a symbol of unity, friendship, and peace.

Sri Lankan Miniater spoke of the sincere reconciliation efforts, in addition to rehabilitation and reconstruction, and the imperative of bringing the hearts and minds of the diaspora together.

He wished the diaspora community the joy and peace of the Christmas Season on behalf of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan People.

High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis said it was heartening to see such a large and diverse group of people of all ethnicities and religious faiths gathered together that evening under the roof of the High Commission, to celebrate the Christmas Season, with Trilingual Christmas Carols sung in Tamil, Sinhalese, and English.

He was touched to see the Tamil , Sinhalese , Muslim, and Burger Sri Lankan Communities, and especially the children, participating so beautifully together in this Christmas Celebration, which demonstrated such goodwill and understanding.

He said that all Sri Lankans can now enjoy the joy of peace, and highlighted the virtues of forgiveness, compassion, generosity, tolerance and mutual respect of all communities for each other, which would ensure a lasting and durable peace in our Country.

- Asian Tribune -

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