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Tourism affected adversely by Kandy incidents: PM expresses concerns

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has observed that the incidents of violence in Kandy have affected tourism industry adversely.

He expressed this concern addressing a ceremony held last Sunday to lay the foundation stone for a new monastery at the Sedawatte Weheragoda Punrana Viharaya in Wellampitiya.

He went on that that Kandy witnesses the highest number of tourist arrivals after Colombo. A large number of Arab nationals, who come to the island as tourists, visit Kandy too. Many who depend on tourism for a living urged him to restore normalcy in Kandy as soon as possible. Many feared the wave of racial tensions which started in Kandy might spread to other areas of the country. We too had the same doubt, but we were successful in bringing the situation under control.

Having thanked all stakeholders, including the Security Forces and Police personnel and the Maha Sanga for their contributions in this regard, he assured that the government will expedite legal action against those responsible for triggering the violence.

He underlined that we need to forge a one Sri Lankan identity. The issues between Muslim and Sinhala communities must be resolved through negotiations without resorting to violence. It is the future of Sri Lanka that is at stake when people resort to hatred and violence.

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