Local media reported that Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, has called for closer international cooperation to ensure they are able to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rajapaksa spoke Sunday at the G20 Interfaith Forum, Bologna, Italy. He stated that the current grave health crisis in the world highlighted the need for all countries to unite, according to Xinhua news agency.
“Covid-19 does not make distinctions between religions, nationalities or civilisations. It is a fatal blow to humanity.
Rajapaksa, addressing the forum, stated that international cooperation was essential for survival and resuming our lives.
Vaccines, and other protection, made possible through modern medicine, should be readily available around the world. There must also be arrangements for countries with weaker economies and those with less wealth to receive assistance from international organisations.
Rajapaksa stated, “It’s a battle that must be won, and not by some but by all.”
Further, the prime minister of Sri Lanka said that it was legal for countries to temporarily close their borders to contain the virus. However, isolation is not an option.
He stated, “One of the realities in the world in which I live is the freedom to move goods, services and people across national borders.”
Rajapaksa stated that “Migration to seek a better lifestyle is a challenge due to current conditions, but there must be equal employment opportunities,” Rajapaksa said.
The 2021 G20 Interfaith Forum began on September 12th and will end on Tuesday. It is under the theme “Time to heal: Peace among Cultures, Understanding between Religions”
Rajapaksa’s Office stated that he will meet with other world leaders at the forum to strengthen bilateral relations with many countries.