President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that it is the policy of the present government to treat all religions equally and to give equal rights to every citizen.
The President said that he does not accept the scapegoating of the Palestinian people in the Israel-Hamas conflict, and that he gives full support to the UN Secretary General’s plan to stop conflicts and establish peace in those territories.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe mentioned this while attending the National Miladun Nabi Festival held at the Mannar Musali National School Stadium on the 22nd of October.
The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs. Event arrangements were coordinated by Ashek B. Nihamatullah Maulavi.
Honourable President Ranil Wickremesinghe who visited the event venue was warmly welcomed by Muslim religious and cultural dignitaries.
A commemorative stamp and first-day card for the National Miladun Nabi Festival 2023 was also released and the President was presented with the first stamp and first-day card by Postmaster General Ruvan Satkumara.
A special commemorative plaque and the book ‘Mannar District History’ published on the occasion of the National Nabi Festival were handed over to the President.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe presented prizes and certificates to the students who won the design competitions held on the occasion of the Prophet’s birthday.
Honorary awards were also presented to the maulavis who had served for a long time in the mosques and memorial gifts were also given to Prof. Marhum Hizbullah who had rendered great service to the area.
Commemorative gifts were presented by the President to the President of Puttalam Palliwasal Sammelana and the President of Puttalam District Jamitul Ulama Organization.
President Ranil Wickramasinghe also presented a memento on behalf of the Department of Muslim Religion and Culture.
Cultural and Religious Affairs Minister Vidura Wickramanayake, Northern Province Governor PSM Charles, Member of Parliament K. Dileepan, Secretary of the Ministry of Buddhist Religious Affairs Somaratna Vidhanapathrana, Director of the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs, Religious leaders led by A.M. Faisal, Mahasankaratna, ambassadors, security forces chiefs, school students, local residents and a large number of people participated in the event.