B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived here on Monday evening on a two-day official visit. He will hold talks with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on issues of bilateral interest.

Sri Lanka believes the visit will provide a major boost to expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries.

Mr. Ahmadinejad is accompanied by a high-power delegation that includes Foreign Minister Mottaki and Commerce Minister Mir Kazema.

Key events during the trip will be the inauguration of the Iran-funded Sapugaskanda Petroleum Refinery expansion project funded by Iran and a visit to the Uma Oya project.

The project receives $450 million from Iran for construction to generate 100 MW of electricity and provide water to the Moneragala and Hambantota districts.

Separately, the air force claimed to have attacked and severely damaged a building complex adjacent to an LTTE air strip in the Irnamdadhu jungle.