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Anti-Muslim riots caused ‘heavy blow’ to Sri Lanka’s economy says PM

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.