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Maldives Speaker reiterates invitation to bury COVID-19 victims in Maldives

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Maldives Speaker of Parliament and former President, Mohamed Nasheed today reiterated an invitation that Sri Lankan Muslim COVID-19 victims can be buried in the Maldives.

In a statement on his official twitter account, Nasheed said that it was good that both Maldives and Sri Lanka were trying to address this issue as Sri Lanka was a most valued friend and cousin of the Maldives.

"We stick together in sickness and health. Sri Lanka Muslims can be buried in Maldives. There are burial grounds for Maldivians in Sri Lanka - Jawatha mosque has four generations of Maldivian leaders," Nasheed said.

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, on Monday in a statement said that following a special request from Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Maldives President Ibrahim Solih was consulting local stakeholders to assist Sri Lanka in facilitating Islamic funeral rites in the Maldives for Sri Lankan Muslims succumbing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However since the statement, the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, while thanking the Maldives government, said it urged the Sri Lankan government to allow Sri Lankan Muslim citizens who succumb to the virus to be buried within the country as they were all citizens of Sri Lanka.

 Following the Daily Mirror story on Monday, titled 'Maldives Steps in Over Burial Row, Offers to bury COVID-19 victims', Sri Lankan Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem, in a letter to the Maldives Ambassador in Colombo said while he appreciated the invitation by the Maldives government, he was nevertheless constrained to say that Muslims will instead demand that the Sri Lankan government reverses its 'unjustified' cremation only policy which is not based on epidemiological scientific evidence nor is ethically sanctioned based on WHO and UNESCO guidelines governing protocol on COVID-19 disposal of dead bodies. (JAMILA HUSAIN)


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  • Christian Wednesday, 16 December 2020 03:35 AM

    Can not believe all this is happening. What a nightmare, it is like the twilight zone. Unbelievable.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 16 December 2020 08:55 AM

    Ha Ha, this is like Sinhalese getting kicked in the balls by a small nation as Maldives. Where is Weerawansa

    Shehan Wednesday, 16 December 2020 02:22 PM

    Maldives having 2000 plus tiny islands. Most of them are inhabited. In a way this plan is not bad one unless hidden expenses???.

    Sinhalaya Wednesday, 16 December 2020 02:42 PM

    Why not all?

    Demuni Uduwara Wednesday, 16 December 2020 06:32 PM

    Secret pact? Cabinet don't know.

    Ramesh Wednesday, 16 December 2020 08:03 PM

    Shame on you Sri Lanka. You tried to punish the minorities by depriving their basic last rites, now you couldn't come out of your own decisions because you worried about the majority will turn against you.


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