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Iran looks to expand ties with Sri Lanka

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi met with Sri Lanka’s Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiyutheen, calling for the two countries to expand their relationship.

Salehi stated on Monday,

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is fully ready for supporting and evermore expansion of comprehensive cooperation with Sri Lanka, particularly in political, economic, commercial, transit, and joint investments fields,"

His statement comes as Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Petroleum Corporation stated that they have only received one shipment of oil from Iran since June due to sanctions placed on the country, despite being granted a waiver.

Iran previously supplied over 90% of Sri Lanka’s crude oil.

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