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Navy Commander Jayanath Colombage has called for the expansion of maritime and trade cooperation between Sri Lanka and Iran, the Presstv.ir reported.

Vice Admiral Colombage visited the 24th fleet of Iran Navy, which has docked in Colombo after successfully conducting its mission in the Indian and Pacific oceans. On Friday, Colombage embarked on the Sabalan destroyer and Kharg helicopter carrier and talked to the Commander of the 24th fleet of Iran Navy, Capitan Seyyed Omid Golestaneh.

The Sri Lankan naval commander expressed satisfaction over his visit to the Iranian fleet, calling for the expansion of maritime and trade cooperation between Colombo and Tehran.

Golestaneh said on Thursday that the Iranian Navy’s 24th fleet of warships, comprising Sabalan destroyer and Kharg helicopter carrier, conveys the message of peace and friendship to regional countries, Eastern and Southeastern Asian states in particular.

The fleet docked at China's Zhangjiagang port on March 4 after sailing 13,000 kilometers in 40 days.

In recent years, Iran Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for Iranian merchant vessels and tankers.

In addition, in line with the international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran.

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  • Kumar Sunday, 24 March 2013 08:46 AM

    fantastic news

    Citizen Sunday, 24 March 2013 01:19 AM

    Welcome IRAN, We LOVE you and your people. May the Almighty help and safeguard you at all times.

    Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:47 PM

    Any port in a storm - all the unpopular kids hang around together, have you noticed that.

    Thotupola Ayney Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:18 AM

    With friends like Iran, who needs enemies. Even other Middle East nations dont interact wth Iran.

    Suq Madique Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:36 AM

    Why not?

    Jawfer Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:45 PM

    Good move

    Marikkar Sunday, 24 March 2013 05:47 AM

    At last Hamba Ratawal is the last resort

    Dinesh Sunday, 24 March 2013 05:54 AM

    Navy Commander Jayanath Colombage...not a good call.
    Think ahead......

    Suq Madique Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:50 PM

    Well we hung around with India and all it got us was years of betrayal. And by your theory all the good kids also should hang around together.

    damith Saturday, 23 March 2013 06:10 PM

    at least we have one friend..

    himler Saturday, 23 March 2013 06:37 PM

    Illagena kanna wage

    himler Saturday, 23 March 2013 06:38 PM

    Gahenuth watila gonagenuth ana ganeema

    Dhushy Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:18 AM

    bad move


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