Sri Lanka (IP)- Iran's President said the multi-purpose infrastructure project opened in Sri Lanka was a mega project developed by Iranian engineers for the welfare of the Sri Lankan people.

Iran PressAsia: As the next phase of his South Asian tour, after a comprehensive visit to Pakistan, Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday morning and was officially welcomed by his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Presenting a speech in a joint press conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart on Wednesday, Ebrahim Raisi referred to his visit to Sri Lanka and said that on the trip, admirable work was done by Iran thanks to Iranian science and knowledge, and high technology. 

Raisi said: "With the talks we had with the president [of Sri Lanka], we agreed to continue the cooperation in various fields between the two countries and to expand relations between the two countries and the two nations."

He reported about the formation of a joint commission of the two countries soon to pursue the expansion of commercial and economic relations in the fields of agriculture, science, and technology.

Ebrahim Raisi announced Iran's readiness to export technical and engineering services to Sri Lanka.

Iranian President pointed to the Israeli war and genocide against the Gaza Strip and recalled that the terrible crime that is happening in Gaza has made everyone worry, that is why the international institutions are not fulfilling their duty.

The Sri Lankan President, for his part, appreciated Iran's support for Sri Lanka against et economic crises, describing the new utility project in the country as the symbol of the two countries' cooperation in generating power, managing water, and agriculture. 

Multilateral cooperation in the international communities, including the Non-aligned Movement countries, climate change, food, and technology were among the issues discussed in the meeting with President Raisi. 

Noting that the two countries seek sustainable peace and security in the world, Ranil Wickremesinghe pointed to the people of Gaza under the Israeli war and stressed that the issue of Palestine must be solved with diplomatic solutions.

A cease-fire for the creation of the Palestinian state in the next 5 years, and respect for the Palestinian people were part of the solution he mentioned.

The two countries sign documents of cooperation in media, tourism, energy, culture, science, technology, youth and sports, and welfare.

Upon his arrival in Sri Lanka on Wednesday morning, Iran's President opened the Uma Oya Dam mega project as one of the major Iranian transnational construction projects. 204

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