Hashem Ashjazadeh, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran in Sri Lanka met the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation.
At the meeting, matters pertaining to airline services and tourism were discussed at length. The discussions focused on initiating direct flights between Tehran and Colombo and making the service a fruitful means to encourage more Iranian travellers to the island. The Minister pointed out that encouraging more Iranians to travel to Sri Lanka will help ease Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange shortage and could boost bilateral relations between the two nations.
The Minister also inquired about procuring aviation fuel and said that the Ambassador would be notified after discussions with the Minister of Power and Energy. Appraising high on Ceylon Tea, the Ambassador said that Iran currently purchases a large amount of tea from Sri Lanka.
Secretary to the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – K.D.S. Ruwanchandra and the Counsellor of the Economic Section of the Iranian Embassy – Soheil Kheiri were also present at the occasion.