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The Government of Maldives is consulting stakeholder authorities of the Government of Maldives to assist Sri Lanka in facilitating Islamic funeral rites in the Maldives for Sri Lankan Muslims who succumbed to COVID-19, Maldives Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid said in a Tweet.

He said President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was deliberating on this matter upon a special request from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“President Solih's decision is based on the close longstading bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Maldives, and to ensure help to face the challenges of the pandemic,” he tweeted.

“This assistance will also offer solace to our Sri Lankan Muslim brothers & sisters grieving over burial of loved ones,” the Foreign Minister added.

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  • Mm Monday, 14 December 2020 09:54 PM

    What form of transport will they use to take bodied to another country? Do relatives travel with the body?

    Lasith Monday, 14 December 2020 09:58 PM

    And who will pay for the transport costs to Maldives?

    Adam Speak Monday, 14 December 2020 10:46 PM

    There is no need for any other country to offer solace to our internal rule of the land. Whatever, our Motherland decide is the rule for the communities and the citizens of Sri Lanka. This is clearly mentioned in all religious scriptures, particularly Islam stresses strictly to respect and follow the rules

    TT Monday, 14 December 2020 10:59 PM

    Pretending as taking to the Maldives the dead bodies of Covid victims they will dump in the SEA. This is another COVID-19 DRAMA.

    H. S. S . Andul Monday, 14 December 2020 11:01 PM

    Sorry I dont think as Sri Lankan Muslims we will accept this alternative . How the authorities came to a conclusion that the Sri Lankan Muslims will agree to this is ridiculous.

    Christian Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:05 AM

    H.S.S. Andul, I totally agree with you. This all is so disrespectful for minorities. Like they do us a favour instead of discriminate us. Mandatory cremation makes no sense. Cremation only hurt us even more in our grief

    Adam Speak Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:21 AM

    There is no need for any other country to offer solace to our internal rule of the land. Whatever, our Motherland decide is the rule for the communities and the citizens of Sri Lanka. This is clearly mentioned in all religious scriptures, particularly Islam stresses strictly to respect and follow the rules

    Christian Tuesday, 15 December 2020 12:30 AM

    H.S.S. Andul, I totally agree with you. Mandatory cremation is a disgrace in the first place. So the president should not act like he is doing us a favour. He has no respect for minorities and their grief at all.

    Jagath Mama Tuesday, 15 December 2020 02:07 AM

    What's next? Sending them all to another Island to live under sharia?

    Christian Tuesday, 15 December 2020 02:50 AM

    H.S.S. Andul, I completely agree with you. Mandatory cremation is a big disgrace in the first place. And everyone knows or don't want to know, it is completely unnecessary, only to hurt minorities even more in their grief. So the president should not act like he is doing us a big favour.

    Ramesh Tuesday, 15 December 2020 04:27 AM

    Sri Lanka , a country where the minorities cannot live or die. Every day life will be dictated by the majority.

    Good deed Tuesday, 15 December 2020 05:06 AM

    @Lasith : Sri Lankan govt must pay the cost.

    Lumbini Tuesday, 15 December 2020 05:09 AM

    Why all these troubles? Let them bury their dead relatives here, just like many other countries do.

    dot Tuesday, 15 December 2020 05:37 AM

    The dead are past caring where they will be buried .its the grieving families that want to say farewell ..and mostly religion and tradition had a bearing ...but this seems extravagant .

    Sed Tuesday, 15 December 2020 06:26 AM

    This is curse of God for sinful Easter murders, now now your head to God's wish and accept the punishment

    Demuni Uduwara Tuesday, 15 December 2020 07:58 AM

    This is the motherland of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim people living here. Their rights should not be deprived.

    Catho Tuesday, 15 December 2020 11:39 AM

    In normal situation,we Catholics want to bury our dead,but in unusual time, we are ready to change,and not challenge experts advice,

    MN Tuesday, 15 December 2020 11:50 AM

    Persuade your relative,friend or neighbour to shield their old,sick or high risk, kith and kin ,from infection of corona,with out arguing on how to bury them,


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