Iran’s president Dr. Hassan Rouhani arrived in Malaysia on Friday on a 2-day official visit at the invitation of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. He wss accompanied by country’s foreign minister Dr. Javad Zarif and several other cabinet ministers.
President Rouhani was received at Kuala Lumpur International airport by Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak with a red carpet welcome, and walked past a guard of honor mounted by the Sixth Royal Ranger Regiment.
Rouhani arrived in Malaysia from Vietnam on Friday on the second leg of his regional tour to South-East Asian nations which will also take him to Thailand later.
“The post-JCPOA era yields a good ambience for developing relations with this important Muslim country,” Rouhani told reporters at Kuala Lumpur airport.
Iran and Malaysia intend to double their one billion dollar annual trade before the UN sanctions against Iran.
Rouhani will confer with Malaysian Parliament Speaker Amin Haji Mulia and address Iranian expatriates involved in scientific, academic and commercial areas are among the programs on the second day of Rouhani’s visit to the country in Kuala Lumpur.
On Thursday, Rouhani was in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the Iranian delegation inked several agreements and contracts with their Vietnamese counterparts.
“In the first leg of our Southeast Asia tour we had good and constructive talks with Vietnamese officials and the ways to broaden and cement cultural, economic, and political ties were discussed,” said Rouhani.
Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang held talks with Hassan Rouhani following the welcome ceremony in Hanoi, expressing his belief that the visit will generate a fresh driving force to promote bilateral ties for the benefit of the two peoples. Quang stressed that the visit reflects Iranian leaders’ determination to further deepen friendly relations between the two countries. Both leaders expressed their pleasure with the development of Vietnam-Iran relations since the establishment of their diplomatic ties more than 40 years ago, especially following the Iranian visit by former President Truong Tan Sang in March 2016. They discussed measures and orientations to further tightening political links, giving priority to extending economic ties.