Iran and Sri Lanka have discussed priorities for future bilateral relations in the overall context of the trajectory of Iranian policy enunciated in the inauguration address by the new President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L.Peiris, representing President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the inauguration of President Rouhani as the eleventh President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, conveyed to the new President the warm felicitations and good wishes of President Rajapaksa, and his appreciation of Iran’s goodwill and friendship for Sri Lanka, the External Affairs Ministry said.
Soon after the ceremonial induction in the precincts of Iran’s Parliament, Minister Peiris called on Eshaq Jahangiri, First Deputy to the President of Iran. He expressed the view that, with peace and stability fully established in Sri Lanka, and with the rapid development of the economy, the two countries could look forward to strengthened relations.
Minister Peiris referred to the substantial assistance extended by Iran to a variety of development projects in Sri Lanka, including the Uma Oya irrigation project and the electrification of 1400 villages.
Minister Peiris also held discussions with Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as informally with Dr. Javad Zarif, Professor of Law and former Permanent Representative of Iran at the United Nations, who was named by President Rouhani soon after the inauguration as the Foreign Minister- designate of the Islamic Republic of Iran. At both these discussions Prof. Peiris explained the current priorities and objectives of Sri Lanka in the field of foreign relations. (Colombo Gazette)