New British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka visits Chief Prelates

New British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka visits Chief Prelates

19 September 2019 03:25 pm

The Chief Prelate of Malwathu and Asgiri Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya say that some are trying to create an inaccurate opinion in the face of the international community which is detrimental to the real situation in Sri Lanka.

In the presence of British High Commissioner Sarah Hulton, the Thero said that the Sinhalese Buddhists live in solidarity with other nations, but propaganda by some groups claiming otherwise may create a misconception in the international community.

Hulton, who appointed as the new British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka this morning (19) visited the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy in worshiped the holy Tooth Relic. She was welcomed by Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela.

The British High Commissioner after worshiping the Holy Tooth Relic visited the Malwathu Maha Vihara Temple and most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero. 

Speaking to the Chief Prelate, Hulton said that she hopes to further strengthen relations between the UK and Sri Lanka and assures her country's support for Sri Lanka's development.

The Chief Prelate in response said there were many problems at the time of the British colonization period in Sri Lanka, but later they made a great contribution to the development of the island. When Sri Lanka was at the face of crisis, Britain had pledged their support and that support would be expected in the future as well, the Thero added. 

Later, the British High Commissioner visited the Asgiriya Maha Vihara and the Chief Prelate most Venerable Warakagoda Gnanaratana Thero. 

The Thero said that Sri Lanka and Britain had a longstanding relationship and that the British helped develop the infrastructure of railways, highways and bridges in Sri Lanka.

The British had even translated the Tripitaka to English and studied it and contributed towards the promotion of Buddhism and the true teachings of Buddhism, the Chief Prelate added. Sri Lanka's economic growth during the British colonial period was very significant and the country gained immense economic value before the international community at the time, the Thero said. 

The Chief Prelate further said that some groups are trying to imply that the Sinhalese are a persecution of the rest of the country since the Sinhala-Tamil communal conflict that erupted several decades ago. 

But the Sinhala Buddhists do not belong to such hostile category, and are nationals who live in harmony with all other nationals, Tamil, Muslim, Asgiri Prelate emphasized. 

It is the responsibility of the British High Commissioner to inform the world the true situation of Sri Lanka, he further emphasized.