Iran for Lanka’s rapid development
Nov 9, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday assured support to Sri Lanka’s rapid economic and infrastructure development. President Ahmadinejad who met External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris of the strength of the bond between the two countries reiterated Iran’s continuing support for Sri Lanka in the challenging tasks connected with rapid economic and infrastructure development in the new phase in Sri Lanka’s history.
Prof Peiris, who represented President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 9th Asia Co-operation Dialogue in Tehran, had discussions with President Ahmadinejad.
Professor Peiris, who conveyed President Rajapaksa’s felicitations to President Ahmedinejad, expressed appreciation of Iran’s support at a difficult time, when Sri Lanka had the benefit of an interest free credit facility which Iran had extended for seven months for the purchase of oil.
Minister Peiris told the Iranian President that the Uma Oya and Rural Electrification Projects which were being implemented with Iranian assistance, were under way and they will confer immense benefits on the rural populace.