TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Malaysia on Friday for an official visit that he said is aimed at strengthening Iran’s relations with the Southeast Asian country.

The Iranian president was received by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in a formal welcome ceremony before a closed-door meeting.

Speaking to reporters upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Rouhani said his meetings and talks with Malaysian officials will focus on expansion of bilateral relations with Malaysia, given the good opportunities following the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always attached significance to stronger relations with the people and government of this great country (Malaysia), and in this trip, we seek to promote and deepen the bilateral ties,” he added.

Heading a political and economic delegation, President Rouhani embarked on a tour of Southeast Asia on Wednesday that first took him to Vietnam. He will later fly to Thailand to attend the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit.