Iran and Sri Lanka sign five agreements during President’s visit

Iran and Sri Lanka signed five agreements today following talks between President Maithripala Sirisena the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

President Sirisena, who is on a two day state visit to Iran met with Hassan Rouhani at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran. President Sirisena was received with a Guard of Honour at the Palace.

After a cordial meeting between the leaders, bilateral discussions were held.

During the bilateral discussions the two delegations led by President Hassan Rouhani and President Sirisena reviewed long standing bilateral relations in the political, trade, economic and socio-cultural spheres.

President Sirisena, expressing his views said that the assistance of the Government of Iran is expected for the economic prosperity of Sri Lanka.

Both leaders held discussions in further enhancing ties in the fields of oil, tea and tourism.

Iran has been providing its support to Sri Lanka in the field of oil refinery and the President said that the Government of Sri Lanka expects technical assistance from Iran in this regard to continue to further develop the sector.

Cooperation in the fields of railways, establishment of direct air links and tourism were among other areas discussed by both leaders.

During this meeting President Sirisena specially emphasized that his government has committed to enhancing its engagements with the international community in all areas of cooperation as Sri Lankan government continues to follow non-aligned foreign policy.

The first memorandum of understanding in the field of fighting against drug trafficking was signed by Iran’s Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli and Sri Lankan Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Tilak Janak Marapana.

The second memo was on health, medical science, medicine and medical equipment which was signed by the two countries’ health ministers.

The two sides signed agreements in the fields of health, medical science, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, metrology and training, combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, cinema and television, culture, science and technology. (Colombo Gazette)