TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed congratulations to Michel Aoun and the Lebanese nation on his election as the new president and said the result of the voting bodes well for the future of the Arab country.

“Undoubtedly, your position as the president of Lebanon will herald prosperity and power of the country at the domestic and regional arenas, and is a sign of the reinforcement of unity and the spirit of self-sacrifice and resistance of Lebanon's dignified nation,” Rouhani said in a message to Aoun released on Wednesday evening.

He further expressed optimism that Tehran-Beirut relations would expand during Aoun’s presidency more than ever.

Earlier on Monday, Rouhani had held a telephone conversation with the newly elected president of Lebanon.

In the phone call, Rouhani congratulated had congratulated Aoun and said his election was the manifestation of peace and the triumph of democracy and a victory for all political parties in the country.

Lebanon’s new president, for his part, said his country has always sought to expand relations with Iran and would continue to put emphasis on cordial bonds between the two nations and governments.

Aoun then stressed the importance of remaining vigilant against threats posed by terrorist groups and the Israeli regime and expressed his country’s full preparedness to stand up to such threats with strength.