Maldivians in Sri Lanka unaffected by violence

Maldivian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Zahiya Zareer has assured local media that Maldivian citizens have not been caught up in the Buddhist-Muslim clashes that killed three and injured dozens over the weekend.

The Sri Lankan government has imposed a curfew on the southern towns of Beruwala and Alutgama after a Buddhist rally in the area on Sunday was followed by attacks on Muslims – who make up around 10 percent of the population.

“The tensions have not reached areas inhabited by Maldivians yet. There is no imminent danger to Maldivians. Even the Sri Lankan government has not yet given us any indications of this,” Zareer told Haveeru.

Meanwhile, the Maldives High Commission in Colombo announced the start of Dhivehi, Islam, and Quran classes for Maldivians living in the country.