News ID: 205934
Published: 0449 GMT December 10, 2017

Sri Lanka seeks to expand cooperation with Iran

Sri Lanka seeks to expand cooperation with Iran

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Iran Sharif Anis voiced his country's willingness to broaden mutual cooperation with Tehran, especially in the energy sector.

"Sri Lanka is interested in buying Iran's oil products," the Sri Lankan ambassador was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Anis reiterated that Sri Lanka and Iran enjoy long-lasting experience in political, economic and diplomatic cooperation.

He pointed to his country’s readiness in promoting trade cooperation with Iran, and said, "Sri Lanka is after importing Iran's oil products and construction materials."

Anis pointed to tourism as another sector his country is eager to enhance cooperation with Iran.

In relevant remarks in 2015, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran is determined to strengthen ties with friendly nations, including Sri Lanka.

In a message to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Rouhani extended his congratulations on his election as the country's president, and expressed hope bilateral relations would witness further enhancement in his tenure.

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