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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2521

Religious leaders to India to strengthen bonds between two countries

Colombo, 06 April, (Asiantribune.com)

An interfaith Group of Interreligious Peace Foundation, Dharmasakthi Foundation and Savumia Youth Foundation representing of all religion met the High Commissioner for India His Excellency Asoka .K Kantha at his office with the aim to re-unit the bonds between two countries through multi-religious exchange programme and dialogue including to visit the interreligious places of worships in India specially Tamil Nadu.

The interfaith group was headed by Ven.Pandit Madamagamma Assaji Thero, Ven.Palekanada Rathanasara Thero, Ven.Galagama Damiswara Threro, Ven .Talegoda Ratanasara Thero,Dharamaraja Kurrukkal, M.Makkarine and SP.Anthonymuthu.

Speaking to the Interfaith Group, High Commissioner for India Asoka K Kantha said that two recent unfortunate incidents involving assaults on Sri Lankan Buddhist Monks in Tamil Nadu state of India.

He pointed out that these were isolated incidents and did not reflect the strong people-to people bonds that have been an integral part of the close historical, Cultural and civilization ties between two countries. He said that the Tamil Nadu Government has taken suitable action to identify and prosecute the miscreants responsible for these incidents.

High Commissioner for India disclosed that the Government of India in consultation with the concerned state government has taken and will continue to take all possible measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to Tamil Nadu. He added that people-to people contacts constitute one of the fundamental pillars on which the edifice of bilateral relationship rests.

It is noteworthy that nearly 250,000 Sri Lankan national visited India and over 175,000 Indian nationals visited Sri Lanka in 2012 .Sri Lanka’s bonds with India, including the state of Tamil Nadu, are historic and go back many centuries. A substantial number of the Sri Lankan nationals visiting India travel through Chennai are in for the purposes of tourism, pilgrimage or shopping.

Asoka Kantha and the Interfaith group agreed that the close ties that existed between India and Sri Lanka should be maintained at all costs.

The chief coordinator of the interfaith group and Chairman of Savumia Youth Foundation S. P. Anthonymuthu confirmed that action has been taken to visit to Tamil Nadu to release tension and meet the multi-religious leaders in their respective places and have direct dialogue on this issues .

The interfaith group also made a courtesy call on South African High Commissioner off Doidge for a courtesy call at his office.

- Asian Tribune -

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