Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister lamented the “heavy blow” dealt to the economy and tourism to the island, after anti-Muslim violence by Sinhala Buddhist mobs last week.
"The work of a handful of saboteurs has caused a heavy blow to the country both economically and socially," AFP reported Ranil Wickremesinghe as saying in a statement.
Al Jazeera Mr Wickremesinghe as stating the violence has dealt “great social and financial damage to the country”.
“Tourists were greatly inconvenienced and this has dealt a blow to the tourist industry,” he was quoted as saying.
His announcement comes as Germany’s head of state has postponed a planned trip to Sri Lanka due to the anti-Muslim violence and travel warnings from the United Kingdom, United States and Australia.