Govt. to open diplomatic ties with Palestine
COLOMBO: The Government will open diplomatic relationships with
Palestine and a Sri Lankan Consulate will be set up in Ramallah shortly.
This decision would enlighten members of the World Muslim Congress,
since it was their founder President Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand
Mufty of Palestine, the Veteran Majahid, the great Pan-Islamist,
exemplary leader of World Muslim unity and Islamic Solidarity, who for
over four decades agitated for a permanent nationhood for the
Palestinians, with self-respect, to establish friendly relationship with
all countries in the world.
These views were contained in a document presented before the 80th
anniversary of the World Muslim Congress (Motamar) held at the Holiday
Inn Hotel Monday (18) by A.H.M. Azwer, Presidential Advisor and Former
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Chapter of the Motamar.
Azwer also read a message sent by President Mahinda Rajapaksa for
Paying a tribute to Minister M.H. Mohamed, the President of the
Conference, he said that Mohamed is a symbol of national unity and an
Ambassador of Peace among all communities.
He reminded the foreign dignitaries of the praiseworthy manner in
which the large majority of Sinhalese elected Mohamed to Parliament for
the last 42 years. The prestige and importance of the Motamar rose to
sky high in the global sphere after Dr. Inannllah Khan became its
Motamar revived the spirit of Islam, awakened the inept Muslim Ummah,
re-kindled zest and enthusiasm in them to put their back and the rail
towards achieving human progress and the promotion of inter-faith,
understanding, unity, peace and development.
The main participants of this three-day International Conference were
Ven. Banagala Upatissa Thera, President of the Maha Bodhi Society of Sri
Lanka, Dr. Abdullah Bin Omer Nasseef, President of the World Muslim
Congress, Dr. Raja Mohamed Zafarul-Haq, Secretary General World Muslim
Congress, Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Enterprise Development, Rohitha
Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, A.H.M. Fowzie, Alavi Mowlana,
Governor of Western Province and other Islamic Scholars from several
Muslim countries. Clergy belonging to Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and
Islam blessed the conference.