Iran and Sri Lanka vowed to boost cooperation in high-tech fields and oil and gas analysis laboratory.
"Iran attaches great importance to cooperation with Sri Lanka and Indian subcontinent countries, and we hope that joint cooperation between the two countries will continue,” said Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena sattari in a meeting with Sri Lankan Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha here in Tehran.
Susil Premajayantha, for his part, highlighted Iran’s considerable progress in science and technology, and said "Despite sanctions, Iran has made great progress in various fields of technology.”
He said there are numerous fields for bilateral cooperation between Iran and Sri Lanka on changing raw material by Sri Lanka and its exports in line with value added for Iran.
He said that Sri Lanka discussed mutual cooperation in modernizing oil and gas analysis laboratory with Iranian officials.
The plan is to be implemented in Sri Lanka with facilities to be provided by Iran.
Sattari and Premajayantha also signed a MoU on high-tech cooperation between the two sides.
On Sunday, Premajayantha in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said his country is willing to resume buying Iran’s oil.
"Sri Lanka is after buying oil and petrochemical products of Iran as it did in the past,” Premajayantha said.
He also expressed the hope that bilateral energy ties between the two countries would be expanded by removing certain little barriers.
The senior Sri Lankan official further extended to Zarif the message of President Maithripala Sirisena addressed to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Zarif, for his part, said the Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great importance to boosting bilateral ties with Asian countries, especially with Sri Lanka in various fields.
He also referred to lifting sanctions against Iran, and expressed hope that Iran and Sri Lanka could witness further expansion of bilateral ties through settlement of the remaining financial barriers.
Susil Premajayantha is in Iran following official invitation of Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari.