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Premier and Muslim leaders to discuss Dambulla Mosque today.
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A discussion regarding mosque built within the Dambulla Sacred City will be held today between Muslim political and religious leaders and Prime Minister D M Jayaratna.

The meeting is being held based on a request made to the Prime Minister by Muslim political and religious leaders yesterday.

The Muslim leaders previously held discussions with the Premier on this issue where the Prime Minister had proposed to relocate the mosque.

A communiqué issued by the Prime Minister's office stated that although the Muslim leaders had agreed to the proposal of relocation, they were subsequently going against the agreement on the basis of other requirements.

Meanwhile reports say that the Muslim community is preparing to engage in protests island-wide today against this issue.

While a hartal was staged in the Eastern Province yesterday in protest against the proposal to remove the mosque, daily activities were obstructed by the campaign.

However the Dambulla Jumma Mosque Trustees' Council had convened a media conference yesterday.

Member of the council Buhardeen Amanulla expressing his views at the media briefing appealed to all Muslims not to participate in the protests scheduled to be held today.

Meanwhile, a member of the Dambulla Jumma Mosque S Y Mohamed also spoke at the media briefing.

However the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Supreme Council is due to hold discussions tomorrow regarding this issue.

General Secretary of the Muslim Congress MP Hasan Ali elaborated on the subject as follows.

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