Rajapakse assures Lankan Muslims of solidarity

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Our Correspondent

Colombo—The Muslims could be rest assured that they will be protected and given all their rights as much as the Sinhalese and Tamils. I have never been a communalist nor can I be one in the future said former President Mahinda Rajapakse while addressing the Muslims from all parts of the island .
Over fifty thousand delegates from all parts of the country were present at the Sri Lanka freedom Party convention for Muslims held at the Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla, Colombo on Wednesday.
The meeting also condemned the action of the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry’s decision to boycott the SAARC Conference to be held in Islamabad. Pakistan had been a very close friend of ours and nothing should have been to hurt the feelings, as this country had been of immense help for the Rajapakse regime to win the war against terrorism and also they had been supporting our cause in Geneva and other world fora
The resolution on SAARC was proposed by former Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs minister Al haj A.H.Mohammed Azwer.
Former President Mahinda rajapakse further said: During Presidential election campaign the vicious goebbles type of propaganda was unleashed by his opponents and Muslims were unfortunately were deceived to believe them.It was a wellorchestrated foreign conspiracy. when the ugly incident took place at Muslim dominated areas of Beruwela and Alutgama , he said he was out of the country and on arrival at the airport he went straight to the affected areas and took action to rebuild the houses and busainess premises to restore normalcy.
He said, currently the Sri Lankan Muslims are undergoing severe hardships. “Their problems must be addressed”, he added. Former minister A.H.M.Azwer said : During the previous government Mr.Mahinda rajapakse has declared open three beautiful mosques in Hill Country capital Nuwara eliya, in Alutgama and weligama In recognition of his services to the Muslims the King of Bahrain had conferred on him highest award of Al Khalifa and the Star of Freedom title by Mahmoud Abbass , the President of Palestine in the Palestinian city of Ramallah a road was named after the former President in recognition of his committed service to the Palestinian cause.Mahinda rajapakse has always been supportive of Muslim causes.