US expresses serious concern over Iranian President`s Sri Lanka visit

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:37:28 GMT

    [President Ahmadinejad arrives in Colombo on State visit

    Iranian boost for Lankan power sector

    Sri Lanka s growing relations with Iran would receive a tremendous boost with the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on a two-day State visit, an authoritative Sri Lankan official told The Island yesterday.

    Ahmadinejad would arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport for a red carpet welcome Monday evening, he said, adding the visiting delegation would pay a courtesy call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the President s Office where bi-lateral discussions would take place.

    The visiting delegation includes Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Commerce Minister Mir Kazemi, Deputy Petroleum Minister Ali Kordan, Deputy Power Minister Dr. Rasool Zagar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asia and Pacific Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseni and General Abdol Ali Najafi, Chief of Security.

    The signing of several agreements between the two countries would take place at the same venue before the two leaders would meet the press. This would be followed by State banquet in honour of the visiting Iranian leader.

    The IRNA in a Tehran datelined report on April 7 said President Ahmadinejad would arrive in Islamabad on Monday morning on the first leg of his three-nation regional tour which would later take him to Sri Lanka and India.

    Heading a high-ranking delegation, the president would hold separate talks with his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf and the country`s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, IRNA said.

    Dismissing criticism of the Iranian leader s visit to Colombo in some sections of the press, Sri Lankan officials said President Ahmadinejad was on a tour of three SAARC countries. `We would discuss promotion of bilateral and regional ties and cooperation,` a senior official said.

    The Iranian delegation would visit the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery Tuesday morning to inspect the proposed refinery expansion area before flying to Wellawaya where the two Presidents would lay the foundation stone for the Tehran financed mega-Uma Oya hydro-power project. While the proposed Sapugaskanda facility would process light crude from Iran, the USD 450 million Uma Oya project would generate 100 megawatts of electricity and provide water for both industrial and agricultural sectors in the Moneragala and Hambantota districts.

    During President Rajapaksa s visit to Tehran last year, he secured Iranian leadership s commitment to fund several major Sri Lankan projects to the tune of USD 1.9 billion.

    The president would arrive in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday afternoon on the last leg of his three-nation tour.

    During his day-long visit to India, President Ahmadinejad is expected to visit his Indian counterpart Pratibha Patil and the country`s Prime Minister Manmohen Singh. (SF)


  • 28 Apr 2008 03:39:18 GMT

    I knew there would be a serious concern. but for what...?

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:39:28 GMT

    No one come to see me in this bunker - VP :))

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:50:27 GMT

    [Iranian boost for Lankan power sector]

    There we go... He would build his atomic plant in Sri Lanka!

    Next time Isreals will bomb Sri Lanka, not TAF!

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:52:57 GMT

    Asking for trouble is our style!

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:53:49 GMT

    This is wut Ltte wanted to happen! Sri lanka is going down..

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:56:55 GMT

    [Who cares ?!]

    LOL, never seen a bigger bunch of ungrateful beggars :):)

    [The Iranian delegation would visit the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery Tuesday morning ]

    And now we know a time and place, lets take the opportunity to make the world a better place :):):)

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:58:22 GMT

    Nobody is helping us any more, please come and help me now, I dont worry if you destroy the country-MR:))

  • 28 Apr 2008 03:58:40 GMT

    What we need is to keep all fronts happy,...way to go MR...:):)):)))

    Now US will come up with more support..:)

  • 28 Apr 2008 04:01:17 GMT

    Anyway looks like a warm welcome is being prepared for the muslim terrorist, visiting his buddhist terrorist bretheren.


    Bomb defused at Sri Lanka bus station: police


    A powerful bomb was found and defused at a crowded bus station in northwestern Sri Lanka early Monday, minutes before the device had been set to go off, police said. The parcel bomb equipped with a timing device was discovered in Galgamuwa, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the capital Colombo, police said. `Passengers alerted the police and the bomb was defused just in time,` a police official said.]