Iran and Sri Lanka promise to strengthen relations

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Iranian President Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi said on Sunday that there are no obstacles to the development of relations with Sri Lanka and stressed that new steps are being taken in developing economic and trade ties with the South Asian island nation.

The Iranian President made these remarks during a meeting with the new Sri Lankan Ambassador to Tehran, Wishwanatha Aponsu on Sunday after receiving the new envoy’s credentials, the president’s office said in a statement.

Regarding the development potential of relations between Iran and Sri Lanka, the President said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to activate all capacities for cooperation between the two countries.”

“There are no restrictions or obstacles to the development of economic and trade relations and the transfer of experience, especially in the technical and engineering fields, between the two countries.”

The President added that with the activation of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission between the two countries, new steps can be taken in the development of Iran-Sri Lankan relations, particularly in the economic field. When handing over the credentials, the new Sri Lankan ambassador to Tehran described the relationship between the two countries as longstanding and historic.

“Sri Lanka was and is always a supporter of the Iranian government and the people in international forums,” said the ambassador.

He also called for the development and strengthening of cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the fields of energy, trade and commerce, and pointed to the potential for developing the level of bilateral relations.


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