Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed friendly and cordial ties with Sri Lanka, saying that Iran is prepared to render technical and engineering services to the country.
He made the remarks in a meeting with Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya who arrived in Tehran on Saturday to attend Rouhani’s oath-taking ceremony on August 5.
“Iran-Sri Lanka ties have always been friendly and excellent and removal of sanctions today has created good opportunities for promoting mutual cooperation which should be used optimally in line with boosting bilateral ties,” he said.
He further noted that Sri Lankan official’s visit can give a fresh impetus to parliamentary relations.
Stressing the need for developing cooperation between the two countries’ private sectors, President Rouhani said that Iran is ready to meet the needs of Sri Lanka in the field of technical and engineering services.
Jayasuriya, for his part, appreciated Iran’s hospitability and congratulated Rouhani’s reelection, recalling the two countries’ long-standing historical and cultural ties.
“People of Sri Lankan attach great respect to the Iranian nation,” he said.
Appreciating Iran’s support to the country in various fields, he called for Iranian private sector’s presence in Sri Lankan infrastructural projects.