Emphasis on agriculture vital for food security - Presidents of
Iran and Sri Lanka
UN: The Presidents of Sri Lanka and Iran agreed on the need for
agricultural development especially in the developing countries in the
context of assuring global food security.
This understanding was expressed when Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the United Nations
on Thursday. The bilateral meeting of the two leaders took place on the
sidelines of the UN General Assembly sessions that were addressed by
The Iranian President expressed his gratitude for the very warm
reception extended to him on his delegation on their recent visit to Sri
Lanka, while the Sri Lankan President thanked Iran for the assistance
given for important development projets, and measures that helped Sri
Lanka avoid the harsh impact of the global fuel crisis.
President Rajapaksa reiterated his position, as stated at the UN
General Assembly that it was necessary for developing countries to
ignore some of the advice on economic development given by the World
Bank, IMF and other international institutions that sought to confine
the people of the developing world to be exporters of produce to the
This was considered a common necessity of the developing countries,
by the Iranian leader.
There was understanding among the two leaders of the need for greater
investment in agriculture to develop the rural sector and urgent action
to be taken for better water management in view of the impending threats
to this natural asset posed by Climate Change and over exploitation.
President Rajapaksa explained the situation following the liberation
of the East from the clutches of LTTE terror, and said that the
development of the East would lay emphasis on agriculture, while the
proposed development of the North too would see a great emphasis on
agriculture; in view of the traditions and skills of the people of the
Both countries agreed to the strengthening of the ties of friendship
and in their resolution to be united in meeting the threats to economic
freedom and security of sovereign states.
While congratulating Sri Lanka for the excellent arrangements made
for the recent 15th SAARC Summit held in Colombo, President Ahmadinejad
invited President Rajapaksa to visit Iran once again.