Colombo, May 13 : Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala Buddhist country but a country belonging to all those who had taken Sri Lanka as their motherland, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said.
On Sunday, he said that the majority of Sri Lankans were, no doubt, the Sinhala Buddhists. “There are also people belonging to Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and other religions in the country. All of them have the same rights which the Sinhala Buddhists have,” he added, according to a Daily Mirror report.
"The Sinhala Buddhists can't impose their opinion on others simply because they are in majority," he further said. “We should remember this. Most of us have gone abroad or have relatives there. If you go to Italy or the UK and if you become a citizen of one of these countries, they are not treated as second-class citizens. The one who became a citizen today and the one who became a citizen a thousand years ago have the same rights,” he said.
“Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala Buddhist country but a country belonging to all who have taken Sri Lanka as their motherland,” he said. (UNI)