Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 13:16
No arrangement with Sri Lanka on importing Iranian Oil: a statement from US Embassy.
The United States denied that it had any agreement with Sri Lanka to allow Colombo to import Iranian crude oil through third parties, avoiding Western sanctions aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program.
This was in response to reports that Sri Lanka has been buying Iranian crude from various countries via third parties, and avoiding sanctions - with the understanding of the United States.
The US denied any such agreement with the US.
Sri Lanka returned a vessel carrying Iranian oil with sanctions last November.
Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery needs 50,000 crude oil barrels per day, and requires Iranian oil or a one similar.
However, the External Affairs Ministry released an announcement yesterday, stating that Sri Lanka does not import oil through a 3rd party.
Director General of the Petroleum Corporation Susantha Silva told our news team that they do not import oil by violating the sanctions imposed on Iran.