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The rightful place for Buddhism will not be destroyed

Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Mr. Arjuna Ranatunga stated that the present good governance can protect the peace and harmony of this nation. The time has arrived to stop the political self-benefits and start on religious harmony, Hon. Minister Arjuna Ranthunga added.

The Minister stated this attending the opening ceremony of the creating of the world's tallest Christmas tree. The ceremony which was organized by Arjuna Ranathunga Social Welfare Society was held this morning (18) at the Galle Face Green.

Mexico holds the world record for creating the world’s tallest Christmas tree. Its 295 feet in height. The fundamental expectation of Arjuna Ranathunga Social Welfare Society is to break this record and build the world’s tallest Christmas tree at Galle Face Green. In order create the world tallest Christmas tree, Hon.  Minister of Ports and Shipping Mr. Arjuna Ranathunga laid the first foundation at the auspicious time 10.07am, giving the priority to religious observances. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Hon. Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said that some politicians have narrow perspectives to break religious harmony of the nation.

“When handing over this country to the next generation we should make sure that there are no clashes between any nations. There should not be any religion problems. Today the environment has been created for the monks, Christian Fathers, Muslim and Hindu priests, to sit together and talk about their religions. As a Buddhist country, on every occasion the other religion leaders support Buddhism for its safety. Especially on a previous day our Lord Cardinal stated that no harm should be made for Buddhism. Politicians must be more intelligent when there are such religious leaders in our country. I ask all self-benefit politicians to stop playing with the country and start religious harmony. We have received an opportunity to continue on a successful journey by joining hands together with the President Maithreepala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe…” the Hon. Minister of Ports and Shipping Mr. Arjuna Ranathunga said.

The Buddhist forum of the Sri Lankan Port Authority will be the main sponsors for the creation of the world’s tallest Christmas tree as Galle Face Green. Arjuna Ranathunga Social Welfare Society announced the tree which briefs the world on peace and harmony would be declared on 24th of December.