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* Iran to buy more tea from Sri Lanka
Wed, Apr 14, 2010, 11:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 14, Colombo: Iran plans to increase the amount of tea it buys from Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government announced today.

Iran has taken measures to buy 50 million kilograms tea from Sri Lanka annually, 20 million kilograms more than what it purchases currently.

In a discussion with Lanka's Minister of Plantation D.M. Jayaratne last week, the Ambassador of Iran to Colombo Mahmud Rahimi Gorji disclosed the Iranian government's plans to buy more tea from Sri Lanka.

The diplomat has noted that the political environment in Sri Lanka is becoming stable and the country is heading towards prosperity. United Arab Emirates and Russia are the Sri Lanka's largest tea buyers. Sri Lanka's Tea Board expects the Iranian government's move to push the prices of Sri Lankan tea in the world market.

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