Iran, Sri Lanka concur to expand trade and international cooperation

According to Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the foreign minister of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sri Lanka agree on the need of developing their bilateral economic and tourist connections as well as their collaboration in international organizations.

Iran (IMNA) - In a news conference held with Ali Sabry, the foreign minister of Sri Lanka, on Saturday in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian stated that the two Asian countries also thought that their cooperation in the fields of science, culture, and employing knowledge-based businesses should be improved.

He stated that the barriers standing between Iran and Sri Lanka and deeper bilateral cooperation may be eliminated.

Amir-Abdollahian referred to the Iranian government's "Look to Asia" strategy and urged Asian countries, given the region's tremendous potential, to serve their national interests through discussion and contact.

The senior Iranian diplomat noted that Iran's expanded collaboration with Sri Lanka and other IORA members presents a chance given that Sri Lanka will be the organization's chairman in the near future.

The IORA, which was founded on March 7, 1997, is an intergovernmental organization with 23 Member States and 11 Dialogue Partners. Through a consensus-based, evolutionary, and non-intrusive approach, the IORA aims to promote mutually beneficial regional cooperation.

The senior Iranian diplomat said that based on existing accords and a humanitarian attitude, Tehran and Colombo also agreed to release the detainees from both sides, and that a joint consular committee between the two nations will be established in this respect.

Amir-Abdollahian further underlined that Sri Lanka might benefit from the construction of oil refineries and power plants by Iranian companies engaged in the export of technical and engineering services.

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