Sri Lanka and Iraq agree to have direct air links.

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Sri Lanka and Iraq held discussions yesterday on establishing direct air links between the two countries.

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Iraq’s Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Bilateral Relations, Nazar Al-Kheer Allah met the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Iraq, Sumith Nakandala in Baghdad yesterday and discussed strengthening bilateral relations in several areas.

In a statement released to Iraqi media, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the meeting with the Sri Lankan envoy “tackled the means of promoting bilateral relations in various fields within the framework of the Iraqi- Sri Lankan joint committee.”

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen led a 16-member Sri Lankan delegation to the eighth session of Sri Lanka Iraq Joint Committee for Economic Cooperation (JEC) held in Baghdad last month. The discussions resulted in Iraq lifting ban on Sri Lanka’s coco peat and opening their markets wider for Pure Ceylon Tea and 13 new Sri Lankan exports.

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