Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has emphasized that he expects the support
of religious leaders to usher in peace to carry forward religious coexistence along with national consensus.
The Prime Minister said that he met the Cardinal and other Bishops. He said that he informed them that he and President Maithripala Sirisena expected the full support of the clergy and the Religious Congress to carry forward religious coexistence in the process of building a new country.
The Prime Minister was expressing views to the media after paying a courtesy call on Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by a group including John Amaratunge and Sagala Ratnayake.
In the meantime Hindu and Islamic religious observances were conducted in Colombo today to invoke blessings on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. A special Pooja was held at the Ponnambala Vaneshwaram Kovil in Kochchikade, Colombo to shower blessings on the Prime Minister.
Kurukkal Brahmasiri Chandrasri conducted the Pooja. Ministers D.M. Swaminathan and Ravi Karunanayake were among those present.
Premier Wickremasinghe also attended a special religious ceremony conducted at the Colombo Grand Mosque. The Prayers were conducted by Moulavis M.S.M. Thaslim and Abdul Majeed Bahaji. Mujibur Rahuman and S.M. Marikkar who were elected as Parliamentarians at the elections joined in this occasion.