Cannot support to bury foreign Covid-19 victims in Maldives: Maumoon

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom | Photo: Mihaaru

Male’, Maldives – Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom stated that he does not support the decision of burying foreign Covid-19 victims in Maldives.

The statement from Maumoon comes after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih discussed with concerning authorities to make arrangements for burying the Muslims who are passing away in the neighboring country, Sri Lanka due to the Covid-19 virus.

Regarding this, Maumoon took on to twitter to express his feelings towards this decision and stated that although he is fully in support of bringing foreigners into the country, he does not support the idea of bringing the bodies of foreigners who are Covid-19 victims and burying them in the country.

While the Sri Lankan government had decided to cremate the 19 deceased Muslim Covid-19 victims who passed away, Muslims in Sri Lanka are raising their voices against this action, as the Islamic religion does not support cremation.

As Sri Lanka has difficulties in arranging the proper burial proceedings for Muslims succumbing to Covid-19 in Sri Lanka, the President of the country, Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressed a letter to President Solih requesting him to assist in burying the deceased Muslims under proper burial proceedings.

This is why, to spread religious unity and to honor the long-standing friendship between the two neighboring countries, President Solih has discussed with concerning authorities to find out a way to solve the difficulties that Sri Lankan Muslims are facing in their country.