6:21 AM

Iran and Sri Lanka Agree on Need To Fight Terrorism

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Mahainda Rajapaksa President of the Republic of Sri Lanka agreed to broaden and deepen their bilateral cooperation, in a spirit of mutual goodwill and friendship. They also agreed to continue regular high-level exchanges between the two countries follwoing their historic meeting yesterday in Sri Lanka. The two Presidents also discussed important regional and international issues and stated that unilateralism would undermine internationally accepted norms. Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and emphasized the need for enhanced international cooperation to eliminate this global menace. The Iranian side expressed its support for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and welcomed the positive political steps taken to end the conflict through negotiations, leading to a durable settlement, acceptable to all the people of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, accompanied by a high ranking delegation paid a State Visit to Sri Lanka from 28 to 29 April, 2008 at the invitation of Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was officially welcomed by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a formal ceremony held at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held wide-ranging discussions with President Rajapaksa, attended by Ministers and senior officials of both sides. The discussions which took place in a cordial atmosphere, were detailed and substantive, covering issues of bilateral, regional and global interest. Both Presidents, while noting with satisfaction the progress achieved in bilateral relations, stressed their firm commitment to further enhance mutual cooperation in the political, economic, trade, cultural, educational, scientific and technological fields. The discussions reaffirmed the close and friendly ties that exist between Sri Lanka and Iran.