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* Iran's Parliament to support development cooperation with Sri Lanka
Mon, Jan 27, 2014, 01:02 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 26, Teheran: Iran's parliament will support the development of cooperation with Sri Lanka in different areas to boost and expand the mutual relations, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.

The Iranian legislator has made these remarks when Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Iran Mohammad Feisal Razin met with him on Sunday.

Boroujerdi has underlined that making use of the existing capacities and capabilities of the two countries in different areas would pave the way for boosting cooperation and improved bilateral and regional relations.

"The parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission supports the trend of enhancing mutual cooperation with Sri Lanka in different fields," Boroujerdi told the Sri Lankan envoy.

The Sri Lankan Ambassador briefing the Iranian lawmaker on the island's latest developments has pointed to the Iranian parliament's role in the expansion of the relations.

"Iran has a special place in Sri Lanka's foreign diplomacy," the Ambassador has remarked.

He stressed the role of parliamentary collaborations in enhancing bilateral relations and hoped for the development of ties between Tehran and Colombo in areas of mutual interest.

Earlier, Senior Iranian parliamentary officials have underlined the legislature's full support for the expansion of Tehran's relations and cooperation with Colombo, FARS News Agency reported.

Member of Iran-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group Mohammad Firouzi has noted that Tehran and Colombo are determined to bolster and reinvigorate their mutual economic cooperation in the near future.

"The Iranian and Sri Lankan officials exchanged views on the construction of a number of joint development projects, including building two dams with the capacity of generating 120 megawatts of electricity, by Iranian experts as well as construction of a water supply project in the Southern parts of the country.", the Iranian legislator said.

Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen in a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi in Tehran last week has expressed Sri Lanka's willingness to employ Iran's technical expertise and called for the partnership of Iranian investors in the development projects of Sri Lanka.

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