Sri Lanka and Iran sign memoranda of understanding
President Maithripala Sirisena met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday in Teheran. Reports say that the two leaders held bilateral relations to strengthen economy, trade and cultural relations. Iranian President Rouhani and President Maithripala Sirisena attended a common press briefing after signing five memoranda of understanding for economic and cultural corporation between Sri Lanka and Iran. Speaking at the press briefing the Iranian President said that he held discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena to develop cooperation in providing Iranian crude oil to Sri Lanka as well as engineering and technological services. The Iranian President said that the joint economic commission of the two countries would further discuss the memoranda signed between the two countries. The two State Leaders have discussed on commencing direct flights between Teheran and Colombo with the aim of developing tourism industry. Speaking at the media briefing President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out to the importance of developing bilateral relations. Iran is considered one of the main tea buyers from Sri Lanka. The President pointed out that the crude oil purchased from Iran is important to Sri Lanka. He said that Sri Lanka is purchasing more crude oil from Iran. The long term relations between Iran and Sri Lanka as members of the nonaligned movement was recalled on the occasion.