The United States has expressed its serious concerns to Sri Lanka over growing close ties and diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. This comes on the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s scheduled state visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow.
Media reports, quoting US State Department spokesperson Tom Casey, said the US has clearly disclosed their concerns over the Iranian President s South Asia visit.
We would hope that the Indian Government or any government that was engaging with the Iranians, including with President Ahmadinejad, would call on him to meet the requirements that the [United Nations] Security Council and the international community [have] placed on him in terms of suspending their uranium enrichment activities and complying with the other requirements regarding their nuclear programme, Mr. Casey said.
He also urged the South Asian nations to urge Iran to end what he termed as unhelpful activities with Iraq.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive here tomorrow for a two-day official visit.