Jeddah, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed serious concern at the repeated incidents of violence by extremist mobs against Muslims in Sri Lanka on February 28 and March 4.

The reports of several attacks in Ampara, Kandy, and Digana on mosques, businesses, and homes during the past week are deeply regrettable.

In this regard, Secretary General of the OIC Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen called upon the government of Sri Lanka to take concrete steps to address the propagation of hatred and violence by extremist groups and to ensure the protection of properties and livelihood of Muslims in Sri Lanka. At the same time, Al-Othaimeen appealed for calm and peaceful relations between communities and urged the authorities to enforce the rule of law, investigate the incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The secretary general noted that the Muslim community has a long-standing presence in the country and a tradition of living in peace and harmony with their compatriots. Muslims represent an important and active community that contributes positively to the cultural and economic life of Sri Lanka as a whole.

Source: International Islamic News Agency