Iran calls for expanding ties with Sri Lanka

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani called for an increase in ties between Iran and Sri Lanka in view of the great capacities in the two countries, the Tehran Times reported.

During a joint press conference with visiting Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Larijani said that the two countries have had good interaction in various spheres and expressed hope that economic relations would be expanded.

He also called for increasing interaction in the area of tourism.

Jayasuriya also said that the economic relations between Iran and Sri Lanka were decreased due the sanctions on Iran. However, he expressed hope that the economic ties would be revitalized now that the sanctions against Iran have been lifted under the nuclear deal.

In a separate meeting with the Sri Lankan official, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iranian companies are ready to invest in Sri Lanka.

He highlighted the importance of expanding political, economic and parliamentary relations.

Jayasuriya said that Sri Lanka is willing to expand relations with Iran in various areas.

He said the removal of sanctions against Iran has laid the grounds to increase ties.

Iran and the 5+1 group – the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – reach a nuclear agreement in July.

The nuclear deal took effect in January 2016 according to which nuclear related sanctions against Iran have been removed in return for curbing the country’s nuclear activities. (Colombo Gazette)

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