As Sri Lanka looks to move closer to Iran, US President Donald Trump has issued a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had recently discussed regional and international issues in a meeting in Colombo.
During the recent talks, Sirisena highlighted the friendly and age-old relations between the two countries and underlined the grounds for further expansion of Tehran-Colombo cooperation in different fields, especially in the field of energy, and called for the strengthening of bilateral ties in international organizations.
“There is no obstacle in the way of expanding ties between the two countries,” he had said.
However today Trump said that anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the United States.
Trump issued the strong warning to anyone trading with Iran, following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country.
Some re-imposed sanctions took effect overnight and tougher ones relating to oil exports will begin in November.
The European Union, which remains committed to the original agreement, has spoken out against the sanctions, vowing to protect firms doing “legitimate business” with Iran.