Oct 13, Colombo: Iran and Sri Lanka have agreed to strengthen the academic ties and expand economic relations between the two countries. The two sides on Saturday have called for expansion of mutual academic and scientific cooperation.
Meeting the Chancellors of Sri Lankan Universities in Colombo on Saturday, Iran's Scientific Attaché to Indian peninsula Ali Azam Khosravi has briefed the participants on Iran's latest scientific achievements and stressed the need for further development of scientific relations between academicians of the two countries.
During the meeting, the two sides agreed to broaden cooperation including exchange of college students, setting up short and long term training courses and workshops as well as scientific cooperation between both Iranian and Sri Lankan universities, FARS news agency reported.
In the recent years, Iranian scientists and experts have taken wide leaps in scientific, medical and technological fields.
Meanwhile, Iranian Minister of Economy and Finance Ali Tayebnia expressed Tehran's determination to further expand its economic relations with Sri Lanka.
The Iranian minister on the sidelines of the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) session in Washington on Saturday has held discussions with the Governor of Sri Lanka's Central Bank on ways to expand economic relations between Tehran and Colombo.
Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa agreed to further strengthen the economic and political relations between the two countries when they met in New York last month on the sidelines of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The two leaders have also agreed to support one another in international forums on matters of international affairs.