Sri Lanka and Iran to strengthen bilateral ties

June 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Iran have called for expansion of the bilateral ties between the two countries by all available means during a meeting between the Sri Lankan President and a visiting Iranian minister.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Mohammad Ali Fathollahi met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday and discussed ways to enhance the relations between the two countries. The two sides have underscored the need to expand the ties during the meeting.

The Iranian and Sri Lankan officials have called for the creation of the second political consultative committee and for the meeting of the tenth conference of joint economic commission in the near future, the Press TV reported citing an Iranian Foreign Ministry press release on June 6.

The visiting Iranian official has also handed a letter by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Sri Lankan President.

The Iranian deputy minister also had held separate meetings with Sri Lankan ministers of External Affairs, Economic Development, Justice, Trade, and Industry, the Speaker, members of parliamentary friendship group and a number of government officials.

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