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* Iran, Sri Lanka speakers discuss expanding bilateral ties
Fri, Apr 20, 2018, 11:51 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 20, Colombo: The Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani who arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday on a two-day official visit, along with his delegation met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the members of the Sri Lanka-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Association yesterday at the parliamentary complex.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya warmly welcomed the Iranian speaker and his delegation and hosted a lunch for the visiting diplomats.

A special bilateral discussion was also held between the Iranian and Sri Lankan speakers drawing attention to promoting tourism between the two countries, trade of common commodities tea, fertilizer, petroleum, investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and promotion of Iran Sri Lanka Inter-Parliamentary Diplomatic Relations.

Both sides agreed that the discussions enabled to reach an important approach to take decisions on these matters during the Sri Lankan President's upcoming visit to Iran next month.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya appreciating Iran's trusted relationship as one of Sri Lanka's leading tea buyers, requested his Iranian counterpart to focus attention on providing special facilities to Sri Lanka when purchasing tea.

Larijani noted that Iranian investors are also keen to invest in agriculture and fisheries in Sri Lanka. In response, Jayasuriya promised to draw the attention of the relevant ministries to the Iranian investors' interests.

The Iranian Speaker noting that the two countries' parliaments have established a close relationship called for expansion of relations in various areas.

The Sri Lankan parliament speaker added that the two countries have potentials to expand economic relations and Sri Lanka seeks to expand economic relations with Iran.


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