Jathika Hela Urumaya affiliate, the Hela Bodu Saviya (HBS) called for a legal framework to be specifically set up including also the tightening of immigration and emigration laws in order to deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In a letter written to President Maithripala Sirisena, Chairman of the HBS, Ven. Budugala Jinawansha Thera reiterated the call to ban the ISIS in Sri Lanka as a terrorist organization.

The monk said that at a time when the country’s economy was crashing, the tourist industry which was seeing some progress could be adversely impacted by any sudden incident in the City of Colombo or in any major town, or an attack on the international airport in Katunayake, like the one experienced in Brussels in Belgium, this week.

The State intelligence and the security forces need a law in order to conduct investigations into the ISIS within the country and make arrests, and to this end, President as the Minister of Defence and the Executive must make the appropriate intervention, he noted.

“Tourism with its emphasis on the environment and indigenous medicine can move forward. Even a minor incident involving the ISIS can result in tourism here being badly hit. We cannot afford such at a time when the economy is reeling,” he said.