Sri Lanka requests for the assistance of Maldives in the burial of COVID-19 fatalities
As per the COVID-19 guidelines of Sri Lanka, all individuals who are declared as COVID deaths must be cremated. This has resulted in a huge uproar within the Muslim community of Sri Lanka, which has been labeled as an act of discrimination. Hence, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa recently formed a committee to search for lands to bury Muslim COVID-19 fatalities.
Following this, the Foreign Ministry of Maldives has issued a statement today stating that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had sent an official letter to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, requesting for the assistance from Maldives in the burial of Srilankan muslims passing away from COVID-19.
The Ministry has also stated that President Solih is currently discussing the possibilities of assisting Sri Lanka in facilitating Islamic funeral rites in the Maldives for Sri Lankan Muslims.
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said that President Solih's decision is based on the close and longstading bilateral ties between the two countries and in solidarity to help tackle the challenges of the pandemic together. He also said that this assistance would offer solace to Sri Lankan Muslims grieving over the burial of their loved ones.