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Ban on burqa is merely a proposal under discussion – Foreign Secretary Colombage

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The Government has not taken a decision to ban the wearing of the burqa and niqab as of yet, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated issuing a statement today (March 16).

The Ministry pointed out that the recent media reports have highlighted statements made in regard to a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa and niqab in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage has said that a decision has not been taken by the Government to impose such a ban and it is merely a proposal, which is under discussion.

This proposal has been based on the precautionary measures that are needed on national security grounds, following the investigations of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) on Easter Sunday attacks, the statement read.

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