TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Germany’s Angela Merkel over her fourth and likely final term at the helm of Europe's biggest economy, calling for enhanced ties between Tehran and Berlin.

“I sincerely congratulate your Excellency on your appointment to the fourth term as the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and wish you success in carrying out this heavy responsibility,” Rouhani said in his congratulatory message on Monday.

He added, “I believe that the long-standing, friendly and constructive relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Federal Republic of Germany have provided a good opportunity for further development of relations between the two countries. It is expected that based on the diverse capacities available and relying on your Excellency’s precious experience, we witness further growing of relations based on mutual respect and mutual interests. In this regard, while respecting the constructive and influential role of the Federal Republic of Germany in negotiations leading to the JCPOA, I call for the continuation of this approach in full and successful implementation of the JCPOA and confronting illegitimate demands in this direction.”

“Furthermore, given the increasing global threats in fields such as environment, terrorism, regional crises and unilateralism, continuation of joint efforts by the two countries in regional and international fields seems possible.”

The Iranian president further prayed for Merkel’s health and success and German people’s prosperity and felicity.

On March 14, lawmakers in Berlin's glass-domed Reichstag voted 364-315 with nine abstentions for Merkel, who was then formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier before taking the oath of office.

Merkel, wearing a white blazer, said, "I accept the vote" and beamed happily as applause filled the Bundestag chamber, where her scientist husband, Joachim Sauer, and her 89-year-old mother, Herlind Kasner, were among the well-wishers.