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Sri Lankan president to lead high-ranking trade delegation to Tehran
Sri Lankan president to lead high-ranking trade delegation to Tehran

Sri Lanka plans to dispatch a high-ranking trade delegation led by the country’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, to Iran in late January. “President Maithripala Sirisena’s forthcoming tour of Iran could open many new opportunities for Sri Lankan businesses”, said Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on January 3 in Colombo. Addressing a…

Tehran Times - Jan 06 17:33 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

Sri Lanka keen on obtaining oil from Iran

Sri Lanka is keen to get oil from Iran once again and is studying a recent deal signed between six world powers with the Iranian government, a senior government official told the local media on Monday."We are still not sure what sanctions will be lifted but our refineries are built to suit Iranian oil so if things go well we will consider the option of importing oil…

Xinhua - Dec 02 11:01 GMT - more ... [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, IRAN ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Iran, Sri Lanka sign MoU on expansion of economic cooperation

    Iran, Sri Lanka sign MoU on expansion of economic cooperation

    The Islamic Republic of Iran and Sri Lanka inked on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on expansion of bilateral economic cooperation. The MoU was signed in the tenth Iran-Sri Lanka Joint Economic Commission meeting.In the meeting, the two sides discussed various topics including banking cooperation, infrastructural projects, technological cooperation in…

    IRNA - Jan 16 13:28 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, IRAN ]

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      - Sanctions block Iran’s oil money in Sri Lanka - PMOI
  • Major earthquake strikes south-east Iran

    Major earthquake strikes south-east Iran

    Iran has been struck by its most powerful earthquake for nearly 40 years, with tremors felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East. The epicentre of the 7.3 magnitude quake was near the south-east city of Khash, close to the Pakistani border, the US Geological Survey said. Offices were evacuated in Abu Dhabi and tall buildings swayed in the Indian capital…

    BBC - Apr 16 12:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, IRAN ]

  • Iranian ship held in Sri Lanka flees country's waters

    An Iranian-flagged cargo ship has fled from waters around Sri Lanka after weeks of detention by the island nation's navy acting on a court order obtained by Germany's DVB Bank SE, officials and a lawyer acting for the bank said on Thursday."If the ship is beyond 12 nautical miles from our shores, then we can't do anything according to U.N. laws unless the ship has…

    Reuters - Jan 17 15:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, IRAN ]

  • Ottawa drops Saddam Hussein-linked Iranian group from terror list in bid to ramp up pressure against Tehran

    Ottawa drops Saddam Hussein-linked Iranian group from terror list in bid to ramp up pressure against Tehran

    An Iranian exile group that conducted bombings, assassinations and hijackings as part of a campaign to overthrow the Islamic regime in Tehran has been removed from Canada’s official list of terrorist organizations, the government said Thursday.Although the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) once recruited teens in Canada and was behind the 1992 storming of the Iranian embassy…

    National Post - Dec 21 16:17 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, World, IRAN ]

  • Iran Ready to Expand All-Out Ties with Sri Lanka

    Iran Ready to Expand All-Out Ties with Sri Lanka

    "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," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in Tehran on Monday. Iran is the second largest OPEC oil producer, producing about 4 million barrels of…

    Fars News Agency - Dec 11 15:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Citing 'threat to global peace,' Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran

    Citing \'threat to global peace,\' Canada cuts diplomatic ties with Iran

    Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and is expelling all remaining Iranian diplomats in Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday. “Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” Mr. Baird told reporters in a late-night statement given on the margins of the Asia-Pacific…

    Globe And Mail - Sep 07 15:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, IRAN ]

  • Clinton urges India to buy less oil from Iran

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged India to buy less oil from sanctions-hit Iran. In Calcutta, she commended India for "working to lower purchases of Iranian oil" and hoped it would do more. India has been facing pressure to buy less Iranian oil amid sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme, which Tehran says is for civilian purposes.

    BBC - May 07 15:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, USA, IRAN ]

  • Anxieties over oil grows in Sri Lanka

    Amid Sri Lanka's growing anxiety over possible disruption of Iranian oil imports due to United States-led sanctions against Iran, two important delegations from the U.S. and India visited the country this week, lent a sympathetic ear — and nothing more — to address the concerns.The U.S. delegation led by its Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing and…

    Hindu - Feb 06 11:08 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, IRAN ]

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      - Sri Lanka concerned over Iran oil sanctions - BBC
  • All countries should support Iran -minister Ranawaka

    All countries should support Iran -minister Ranawaka

    Western countries have no right to impose sanctions on Iran on the basis of its nuclear programme. All countries should come forward to support Iran which is developing its nuclear programme for peaceful purposes, said Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. Minister Ranawaka thanked Iran for the assistance granted towards Sri Lanka's development effort…

    CDN - Jan 28 12:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka/Islamophobia: Sri Lanka orders 161 foreign Muslim clerics out

    Sri Lanka/Islamophobia: Sri Lanka orders 161 foreign Muslim clerics out

    Sri Lanka has ordered a group of 161 foreign Muslim clerics to leave the country, for flouting visa regulations by preaching to pockets of Muslims around the country, an official said Sunday. “We have ordered them to leave the country by January 31. They have violated immigration laws. A tourist visa is to have a holiday or visit friends and family and not to preach…

    IINA - Jan 22 13:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, Pakistan, IRAN ]

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      - Sri Lanka 'expels 161 foreign Muslim clerics' - BBC
  • Iran invites Lankan banks to open branches in Tehran

    Iran has urged Sri Lankan banks to expand to Tehran and expressed interest in joint ventures in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. The offer was made by new Iranian ambassador Mohammad Nabi Hassanipour, during a recent meeting in Colombo with Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen. Minister Bathiudeen said Iran and Sri Lanka…

    Tehran Times - Dec 26 22:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

  • LLRC report: World awaits Govt. response

    The developments in some of the world capitals show that UPFA leaders have an enormous task on their hand once the LLRC report, or most of its observations and recommendations, enter the public domain. Whether the External Affairs Ministry is ready for such a task seems unclear. Otherwise it would be a case of ad hoc measures and name calling that will form the…

    Sunday Times - Nov 26 22:45 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: IRAN ]

  • Sri Lanka: Delivery Of FATF Guidance Regarding IRAN

    The Ambassador and DCM told the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, respectively, that Sri Lanka should be cautious about deepening its trade relationship with Iran, in light of the recent ref A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) advisory. The Ambassador and DCM reiterated that weapons procurement from Iran…

    Telegraph - Feb 02 16:14 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

  • $1 B. Iranian credit facility lost;regained after MR’s intervention

    $1 B. Iranian credit facility lost;regained after MR’s intervention

    Controversy surrounds the circumstances, in which Sri Lanka recently almost lost $1 billion four-month interest free credit facility it secured from Iran to meet its fuel requirement. A high ranking government official said thanks to President Rajapaksa’s friendship with the Iranian leader, the facility had been extended without delay. Iran granted the facility in…

    Island - Nov 01 11:01 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Sri Lanka Says Iran May Lend $1.5 Billion to Expand Refinery

    Sri Lanka, which imports all its oil, may get a $1.5 billion loan from Iran to fully fund a project to double capacity at the South Asian island’s only refinery, the petroleum minister said. “The earlier understanding was for us to come up with 30 percent, but Iran may come in to completely finance the expansion,” Susil Premajayantha said in an interview in…

    Bloomberg - May 24 12:02 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy, IRAN ]

  • Tehran snubs Delhi: Indian FM, PM trips cancelled

    Indo-Iranian relations have hit a new nadir with visits by the Indian FM, and even the PM being canceled due to the snub from the Iranians. The relations have plummeted since Delhi stabbed Iran at the IAEA (India votes against Iran at IAEA) and then launched an Iran specific satellite for Israel. The geopolitical situation in the Greater Middle has changed. India’s…

    Muslim News - Mar 30 09:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Iranian Parliamentary Delegation Meets Sri Lankan Officials

    Iranian Parliamentary Delegation Meets Sri Lankan Officials

    An Iranian parliament delegation which is in Sri Lanka to strengthen economic and political relations between the two countries held separate meetings with high ranking officials of the South Asian nation. At the meeting, the Iranian MPs expressed the hope that bilateral ties between the two states would be expanded in various fields.The Sri Lankan Prime Minister…

    FNA - Nov 04 12:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • One bn dollar Iranian credit line extended

    With the second tranche of USD 2.6 billion IMF facility due in several weeks, Sri Lanka has received a mega boost by Iran extending an interest free credit facility for the purchase of Iranian crude oil. The two countries finalised the agreement on September 3 in Teheran. Several plane loads of military supplies sent from Teheran at short notice and support provided…

    Island - Sep 21 00:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Difficult raising 30% of cost of doubling refinery capacity

    Difficult raising 30% of cost of doubling refinery capacity

    In the face of rapidly deteriorating economic difficulties worsened by the global economic meltdown, Sri Lanka is finding it difficult to raise funds required for ambitious project to boost the capacity of the Sapugaskanda oil refinery. Well informed sources said yesterday that this transpired at a recent meeting attended by senior Treasury representatives and members…

    The Island - Mar 29 16:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, Economy, IRAN ]

  • Sri Lankan diplomat says rights criticism a 'proxy propaganda war'

    Sri Lankan diplomat says rights criticism a \'proxy propaganda war\'

    Sri Lanka's high commissioner to Britain has blamed criticism of his country's human rights record on a "proxy propaganda war" being carried out by those who funded the nation's "terrorist conflict." The prime ministers of Canada, Mauritius and India have withdrawn from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, or CHOGM, beginning in Colombo on Friday, amid…

    CNN - Nov 15 10:48 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Iran’s 24th fleet to dock at Sri Lankan port: Navy commander

    Iran’s 24th fleet to dock at Sri Lankan port: Navy commander

    Iranian Army’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country’s 24th fleet will dock at a port in Sri Lanka in a few days' time. “The 24th fleet of Iran’s Navy will dock at a port in Sri Lanka on March 21,” Sayyari said on Sunday. In recent years, Iran's Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes…

    Press TV - Mar 18 19:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

  • Iran launches $106-million power project in Sri Lanka

    Iran launches $106-million power project in Sri Lanka

    An Iranian private company has launched a USD106-million project in Sri Lanka to transfer electricity to 180,000 families in the rural areas of the South Asian country. The deal, nicknamed "RE8," was signed into contract during a ceremony attended by the Managing Director of SUNIR (Iran Power & Water Equipment and Services Export Company) Mohammad Parsa and Sri…

    Press TV - Dec 22 12:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Sri Lanka hits out against U.S. sanctions on Iran

    Sri Lanka hits out against U.S. sanctions on Iran

    A Sri Lankan Minister Champika Ranawaka has hit out against American sanctions on Iran that are preventing the government from accepting development financing from Teheran. "U.S. sanctions against Iran are infringing on the basic rights of our people. Iran has a right to proceed with its nuclear program with peaceful intentions to meet its domestic needs. This is…

    Xinhua - Dec 13 19:20 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, IRAN ]

  • China Left Out as U.S. Waives Iranian Imports to Seven Countries

    The Obama Administration has provided exemptions to purchase Iranian crude oil to India, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Turkey, Taiwan and Sri Lanka without incurring sanctions. But, China, its largest importer, was not grant an exemption. U.S. sanctions against Iran have crippled imports to the seven countries as they were not able to transport crude on their…

    Maritime Executive - Dec 05 18:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • US exempts India, but not China, from Iran sanctions

    The United States said it would exempt seven emerging economies including India from tough new sanctions after they cut back on oil from Iran, but the punishment still loomed for China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added India, Malaysia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Taiwan to the list of those exempt from the sanctions. In March, she made…

    AFP - Jun 12 09:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Sri Lanka threatens to join anti-America allies

    Sri Lanka threatens to join international allies against the United States if it tries to force the country to extremes, a minister said on Monday. Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said Sri Lanka would have to join the enemies of the United States if it continues to pressurize the country. "There are friends as well as enemies of the United…

    Xinhua - Mar 12 17:55 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, IRAN ]

  • U.S. punishing small nations, says Rajapaksa

    As the combined United States and European Union sanctions against Iran take effect, small nations like Sri Lanka are extremely worried. Sri Lanka depends almost entirely on Iran for its crude oil supplies and the only refinery in the country, Sapugaskanda, can only process Iranian crude. “We are discussing on what we should do,” Sri Lankan President Mahinda…

    Hindu - Jan 31 13:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: USA, SriLanka, IRAN ]

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      - Sri Lanka Says it Won'T Submit War Report to UN - AP
  • Oman may help Sri Lanka if Iran oil sanctions bite

    Oman may sell oil to Sri Lanka in the event of a crisis, which the island nation is racing to avert with U.S. sanctions on Iranian crude threatening its primary refining supply, Sri Lankan officials told Reuters on Friday. Omani Oil Minister Mohammad bin Hamad al-Rumhy on Friday was holding a second and final day of talks with Sri Lankan Petroleum Industries Minister…

    Reuters - Jan 27 13:31 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

  • Oil minnow Sri Lanka has most reasons to worry about Iran oil

    Sri Lanka may be a minnow in the oil world, but a near total reliance on Iranian crude imports means it has more reason than most to find a way to avoid being caught in the clutches of U.S. sanctions.The island's only refinery -- the 50,000 barrels-a-day Sapugaskanda refinery -- is almost entirely reliant on imports of Iran's crude."We don't have any other alternative…

    Reuters - Jan 14 11:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Sri Lankan Minister, Iranian Envoy Agree on Expanding Media Cooperation

    Sri Lankan Minister, Iranian Envoy Agree on Expanding Media Cooperation

    Sri Lanka's Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella met with Iranian Ambassador to the South Asian nation Mohammad Nabi Hasaki to discuss cooperation between the two countries in the field of media. "The relationship between the two countries has grown to the highest level during the last five years, mainly, following Iranian President Mahmoud…

    FNA - Dec 09 18:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, IRAN, WarCrimes ]

  • Canadian civil activists vow support to Tamil struggle for national liberation

    In a significant move after Canada's largest peace organisation, the Canadian Peace Alliance and Canada’s largest trade union, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, recently resolving to support Eezham Tamils Right to Self-Determination, hundreds of non-Tamil activists in Canada have taken part in the Pongku Thamizh rally, the biggest politico-cultural event held…

    TamilNet - Nov 01 10:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: IRAN ]

  • Sri Lanka aims to cut oil import dependence

    Sri Lanka aims to double its refining capacity and convert all fuel oil-based power plants to gas to cut its dependence on costly imports, its oil minister said on Wednesday. Susil Premajayantha also said the island nation was planning to overhaul its tax structure in the budget on Nov. 22 -- a move which could mean reduced retail prices of petrol and diesel. …

    Reuters - Nov 03 11:19 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, SriLanka, IRAN ]

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      - Sri Lanka buys back gas business from Shell for $63 mln - Finance & Stock Market News
  • Sri Lanka seeks to boost ties with Iran

    During his meeting with the Iranian Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for expansion of ties between Tehran and Colombo. The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting quoted Rajapaksa Wednesday as saying that, “We welcome Iranian exports to carry out projects here.” The Sri Lankan president also expressed hope…

    Tehran Times - Sep 16 00:38 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, Economy, IRAN ]

  • Iran quits race for seat on UN rights body: diplomat

    Iran, under fire from Western countries over its human rights record, has decided not to seek a seat next month on the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, a diplomat said Friday. Bandula Jayasekara, Sri Lanka's deputy UN ambassador, told AFP that Iran informed the Asian group at the United Nations it would not take part in the annual secret-ballot vote in the…

    AFP - Apr 23 21:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, IRAN ]

  • Sri Lanka’s post-war scenario

    Having won the war, the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is now struggling to win the peace. The economy, badly hit by years of war, is being kept afloat by an IMF loan, as well as by Iranian assistance. Currently, Tehran is providing Sri Lanka with oil on deferred payments, and has extended loans totalling $1.5 billion to finance village electrification, a…

    Dawn - Nov 11 04:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, China, IRAN ]

  • High level Iranian military delegation due in Colombo

    A high level Iranian military delegation is expected in Sri Lanka shortly. This was discussed during a meeting on Tuesday (October 6) between visiting Iranian Defence Attache Brigadier Seyed Reza and Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya. According to an army headquarters statement, the army chief had appreciated the support extended by Iran to Sri Lanka…

    Island - Oct 08 11:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SLMilitary, HumanRights, IRAN ]

  • Lankan Oil Investment Modified

    An agreement between Iran and Sri Lanka for the expansion of Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has been altered due to Sri Lanka's inability to meet the stipulated conditions. Sri Lanka will pay its share of the project in installments over the period of construction, Moj News Agency wrote. Authoritative sources said that in the original agreement, the Sri Lankan…

    Iran Daily - Aug 15 12:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, IRAN ]

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