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Sri Lankan officials began work on formulating one of the strongest ever national business delegations to be flown to Iran at short notice last week. “HE President Maithripala Sirisena’s forthcoming tour of Iran could open many new doors of opportunities for Lankan businesses” said an upbeat Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

He was addressing a team of officials from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce including the Department of Commerce, EDB, the BoI, Tea Board, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber of Commerce, and Foreign Ministry at his Ministry premises. The session was none other than the preparatory meeting with top officials to formulate a high powered Sri Lankan business delegation to accompany HE President Maithripala Sirisena’s tour of Iran planned later this month.

The objective of the visit is to explore bilateral trade, investment and tourism potentials topped up by a Business Forum. Joining the session was Deputy Head of Mission of Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Colombo, M R Ahmadi. Minister Bathiudeen is scheduled to lead the Lankan business delegation.