TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a message to Julius Maada Bio on Tuesday congratulated Bio’s election as President of Sierra Leone.

“I offer my sincere congratulations on your election as the President of Sierra Leone,” Rouhani said in his message.

He then expressed the hope that relations between the two countries would expand in various political, economic and cultural fields.

Bio of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) scored 51.81 percent of the 2.54 million vote cast over the ruling All People Congress’ (APC) Samura Kamara who got 48.19 percent, according to results announced earlier this month by the National Electoral Commission (NEC).