Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says, the government has decided to hold the Poson Festival, with full state patronage in Mihintale Sacred Site. Speaking at a media briefing held at Temple Trees today, the Prime Minister said, a safe environment prevails in the country, therefore, devotees can engage in religious observances without fear.
The Premier also noted, placing trust in the security of the island, a number of countries have relaxed travel advisories previously issued against Sri Lanka. Thereby, a positive attitude with regard to the tourism sector is being created.
However, the Premier notes, certain acts of violence reported from various areas are causing a slur to this good image. Meanwhile, responding to a question on the discussion between the Premier and the Opposition Leader, raised by MP Bandula Gunawardena in Parliament, Prime Minister Wickremasinghe said, a special programme was discussed seeking to provide relief on behalf of the deceased and those who sustained injuries owing to the Easter Sunday attacks.
The government is currently studying the points that were raised. Also joining in the Parliamentary session, Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke stated, the East Terminal of the Colombo Port will not be conferred upon a foreign management; it is only the development work of the first and second stages that will be carried out with Japanese aid.