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While welcoming the United States decision to waive restrictions on Sri Lanka, the Government said today it would hold talks with the Iranian government to resume development programmes to be launched with Iranian aid.

“The Government welcomes the recent statement by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that Sri Lanka has been exempted from banking sanctions that affect oil imports from Iran,” International Monetary Cooperation Senior Minister Sarath Amunugama said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed several MOUs to provide financial assistance to a number of development projects in Sri Lanka including the Uma Oya project and assistance to Sapugaskanda Oil refinery were put on hold after US embargo on Iran imposed in December 2011.(Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Aruna Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:46 AM

    Those blogers are dont know the real Iran.Iran is highly developed and they don't have debts like european,American countries.they have enough foriegn reserves.7th largest vehicle producer in the of the five locomotive engine producer.they have lot of technology,that we can learn.unlike Anglo American ,they are true friends of Sri Lanka.(better to learn before commenting).

    R.Dias Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:30 PM

    The US may got scared of hour fellow\s

    kuaraya Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:38 AM

    Developments programs with the Iranians??!! They dont have money to feed themselves and are they going to help us? What happened to that refinery that was promised several years ago (there were no sanctions then!) and the large sum of funds and oil at concessionary rates?

    willows Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:03 AM

    very appropriate with today's cartoon???

    kiribath Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:42 AM

    Iranian aid ? go to that country and see , those people need aid, more than us.

    Bigsam Thursday, 14 June 2012 04:06 AM

    Iran is not in a position any more to be aiding other countries - they are in deep trouble

    Imran Hussein Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:33 PM

    Absolutely right.

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