Iran congratulates Sri Lanka on defeating terrorism
The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Manouchehr Mottaki telephoned Foreign Minister Bogollagama today (19th
May), to extend his warm congratulations to the President, the Foreign
Minister and the Government of Sri Lanka on the success achieved by Sri
Lanka in defeating LTTE terrorism.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said that Iran has
maintained close relations with Sri Lanka and has always condemned
terrorism and, consistently upheld the sovereignty and the territorial
integrity of Sri Lanka. He states that he was speaking on behalf of the
President of Iran who has conveyed his best wishes to Sri Lanka and will
personally speak to the President of Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient
time. Iran has also offered assistance through the Red Crescent, for the
emergency relief operations for the IDPs in the North.
Foreign Minister Bogollagama conveyed his appreciation
and thanks to the Government of Iran for the generous support extended
to Sri Lanka at all times. While reiterating that bilateral relations
between Sri Lanka and Iran have stood the test of time, he informed his
counterpart that LTTE terrorism has been completely eradicated from the
country and that Sri Lanka is now looking forward to a new chapter.
Minister Bogollagama further pointed out that the
Government will give utmost priority to the humanitarian exercise
underway to provide facilities to the IDPs in the welfare centres. At
the same time, it will be actively pursuing the inclusive political
agenda and work towards economic empowerment of all citizens of the
country which would ensure peace, stability and progress in Sri Lanka.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
19 May 2009