Douglas salutes President’s move

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Fisheries Minister and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) General Secretary Douglas Devananda yesterday (16) said President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s move to lift the ban on several Tamil Diaspora organisations should be welcomed and used optimistically by the Tamil Diaspora.

Minister Devananda also praised President Wickremesinghe, while expressing his sincere gratitude on behalf of Tamil people for taking necessary action to lift the ban imposed on the Tamil Diaspora. “The EPDP supported to elect Wickremesinghe as the President and 10 proposals consisting of welfare-related matters and recommendations to resolve the issues of the Tamil community were presented to the President by them. Lifting the ban imposed on some groups of the Tamil Diaspora was also among them,” Devananda said.

“It has become a reality today,” he said and added that Tamil people living overseas must extend a helping hand to raise the economic and living standards of their community in Sri Lanka.

Devananda also made a request to President Wickremesinghe to consider lifting the ban imposed on some Muslim Diaspora organisations as well.

By Naalir Jamaldeen