Lanka and Iran ties boosted by Presidential visit
the conclusion of President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s two day official visit
to the Islamic Republic of Iran the two countries issued a joint communiqué
in which both sides expressed satisfaction at the official visit of the Sri
Lankan President to the Islamic Republic of Iran. It said the Preferential
Trade Agreement and the Memoranda of Understanding entered into during the
visit would give added impetus and dynamism to the close bilateral relations
between the two countries.
Full text of the joint communiqué:
Her Excellency Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri
Lanka visited the Islamic Republic of Iran from 24th to 25th November 2004
at the invitation of the President of Iran, H.E. Seyd Mohammad Khatami. She
was accompanied by Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Hon. A.D. Susil Premjayantha, Minister of Power and Energy and senior
The President of Sri Lanka held wide ranging discussions with President
Mohammad Khatami on issues of mutual interest. The discussions reflected the
breadth and the depth of close and friendly ties that exist between the two
The President of Sri Lanka called on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyd Al-Khameinei. She also met Ali Akbar
Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Chairman of the Expediency Council and former
President of Iran.
The discussions reaffirmed that the friendly relations and mutual
understanding between the two countries is the basis for further promotion
of cooperation in various fields. It was agreed to further expand relations
in political, economic, commercial and cultural fields as well as to promote
people to people contacts. Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the
objectives and principles of the United Nations and to the accepted norms of
international law. The two countries will regularly exchange views and
engage in consultations on international and regional issues at highest
During the visit of the President of Sri Lanka a Preferential Trade
Agreement and Memoranda of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of
Environment, on Health Cooperation, on Friendship and Cooperation and on
Exemption of Visas for Diplomatic and Service/Official passports, were
Both sides also agreed to promote cooperation in the fields of maritime
transport, telecommunications, media, culture, civil aviation and tourism,
and to encourage direct contact between the Parliaments, universities,
institutions of higher education and research centers of the two countries.
All efforts will also be made for the promotion of scientific and technical
cooperation between the two countries including the exchange of professors,
students, researchers and experts.
Both sides will encourage tourism, both out-bound and in-bound. Sri Lanka
tourism authorities will participate in Travel Marts in Iran and Iranian
tourism authorities in Travel Marts in Sri Lanka. The possibility of signing
a Cooperation Agreement in Tourism will be explored. Action will be taken to
operationalise a Bilateral Air Services Agreement with a view to
establishing direct air links between Tehran and Colombo.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) and the Sri Lanka
Rupavahini Corporation (SLRFC), Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC)
and the Independent Television Network (ITN) will cooperate in areas such as
programme exchange, training and modernization.
Private sector business cooperation in areas such as LPG, petro/agro
chemical products (finished and semi finished), food items, agriculture
related equipment and products, fisheries, transportation, logistics and
other trading activities will be further fostered between the two countries.
The two sides will promote cooperation in tea industry and marketing.
Both sides expressed satisfaction that the official visit of H.E. the
President of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Agreement
and MoUs signed during the visit, would give added impetus and dynamism to
the close bilateral relations between the two countries.
25th November 2004.
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Date: November 24, 2004 - 11:00 GMT