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Iran, Sri Lanka boost bilateral bonding in Uma Oya project unveiling

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Colombo, April 24 (Daily Mirror) - Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi who was in Sri Lanka for a short visit to inaugurate the Uma Oya project said his country was ready for stronger ties with Sri Lanka as a sovereign, independent country.

At the function to mark the event, he said his country stands fully ready to further expand bilateral relations with all Asian countries, neighbouring countries, and sovereign and independent states.

The aircraft with the Iranian leader on board landed at the Mattala International Airport yesterday amidst tight security arrangements. He arrived from Pakistan where the two countries agreed to strengthen cooperation.

The Western countries tried to convince all others that knowledge and technology is exclusive to those countries,” he said.

He added that the “idea” was rooted in “colonialism and arrogance” and that Iran was now able to share its knowledge with others. According to him, Iran is currently having projects in 20 countries.

The Uma Outa project, valued at $514 million, was started in 2010 under the Mahinda Rajapaksa government. Iran initially provided US $ 50 million, but Sri Lanka encountered problems in securing further funding in 2013 due to the US sanctions on Iran. Afterwards, Sri Lanka proceeded with the project with its own fund but retained the same Iranian contractor Iran’s FARAB engineering group.

The project will add 290 GWh of electricity annually to the national grid and irrigate 4,500 hectares (11,100 acres) of new land and 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) of existing agricultural land.

Iran is one of the largest markets for tea from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka started bartering tea in lieu of $250 million owed for oil. The barter was agreed in 2021 for oil imported in 2012, but the exchange was delayed after Sri Lanka's unprecedented dollar shortage during the economic crisis.

  Comments - 8

  • Tourist Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:59 PM

    Bye bye Sri Lanka!

    Sivakumar, Jaffna Hindu Tamil Thursday, 25 April 2024 05:15 AM

    Iranian President is absolutely right when he said in his speech that the Western Countries tried to convince all other countries that knowledge and technology is exclusively theirs and further he said that this arrogance came from being former colonial masters. Unlike in Sri Lanka this belief is convinced into every Iranian’s mind, this is why in just 45 years Iran had become from a culturally and scientifically a backward country to an advanced country in every aspect. China, Iran, and South Africa are emerging as joint leaders of the global south. The days of the Christian White Man who went around the world with riffle in one hand and bible on the other is over.

    Sri Lankan patriot Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:27 AM

    Bingo ! Brilliant !

    Shera Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:34 AM

    Who in their right mind would want to be bonded to the most vilified nation on earth? Oh wait... never mind.

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:47 AM

    OK, what have you received from the Angel countries. Anything useful at all. None, See the long term benefits of this huge project.

    Roisin Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:51 AM

    Yes, I totally agree. And I also don't know where to start to explain to people who are not in their right mind why stronger ties with Iran is a BAD idea.

    Full aathal Thursday, 25 April 2024 06:20 PM

    Get the help from the thambi then chew the thambi

    navratne willamune Friday, 26 April 2024 08:25 AM

    brain wahed by western media/properganda, people need to learn to think indipendently.Iran . China etc are great nations .american/west does things for political gains,regime changes etc

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