TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his re-election as the president of the Russian Federation, expressing confidence that cooperation between the two countries would develop in his term in office.

In a message to Putin on Monday, President Rouhani felicitated his “decisive victory” and said, “I am confident that during your new term, relations between our two countries will develop further.”

Rouhani further emphasized that the Islamic Republic is determined to strengthen its cooperation with Russia bilaterally, regionally and internationally.

Vladimir Putin is set for another six years in power after winning a record victory on Sunday with a landslide 73.9% of the vote, a state-run exit poll shows.

Putin won fourth term as President, with no meaningful opposition in the running and his fiercest opponent, Alexei Navalny, barred from the race.

In recent years, Iran and Russia have formed a strong alliance, both supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s legitimate government against foreign-backed militancy.