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President has dicussion with GTF and Buddhist delegation: Joint Himalayan Declaration presented

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Muhammad Jawad
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President has dicussion with GTF and Buddhist delegation: Joint Himalayan Declaration presented

An encompassing and important conversation took place on Thursday, as President Ranil Wickremesinghe engaged in a thorough discussion with a joint group of representatives from the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) and Buddhist monastic leaders. The following day, Friday, the President's Media Division released a report that outlined the nature of this significant meeting.

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The Joint Himalayan Declaration

The central point of this meeting was the presentation of a rather groundbreaking endeavor, known as the Joint Himalayan Declaration. This collective effort, sprung from the Global Tamil Forum and the Buddhist delegation, advocates for a pluralistic Sri Lanka that actively works towards the betterment of all its constituent communities. It underscores the urge to glean essential lessons from the nation's historical missteps and emphasizes the dire need of materializing measures that safeguard accountability.

Participants of the Joint Delegation

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The joint group demonstrating this united approach included a host of esteemed Buddhist monks. Among them were Ven. Dr. Madampagama Assaji Tissa Thera, Ven. Siyambalagaswewa Wimalasara Thera, Ven. Kithalagama Hemasara Nayaka Thera, Ven. Prof. Pallekande Rathnasara Thera, Ven. Kalupahana Piyaratana Thera, Ven. Narampanawe Dhammaloka Thera, and Ven. Wadduwe Dhammawansa Thera.

Additionally, the delegation entailed international representatives hailing from various parts of the globe. These included Suren Surendiran, Dr. Kannappar Mukunthan, Bhavan Bhavaguhan, Prakash Rajasundram, Velupillai Kuhanendran, Raj Thavaratnasingham, and Dr. Elias Joseph Jeyarajah.

Declaration Handover: Repercussions and Remarks

As per reports from the President's Media Division, the official handover of the Joint Himalayan Declaration marks a considerable stride in nurturing conversation and partnerships geared towards cultivating a harmonious and inclusive Sri Lanka. The President hailed this initiative and pledged to contemplate the suggestions detailed in the declaration.

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