TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined the necessity for stronger ties and cooperation among Asian states.

“Asian countries need to cooperate and work more together, as it would empower them,” the Leader said at the meeting with Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka, Sunday.

Imam Khamenei then lauded the cultural and historical relations between the two countries, and with the countries of the subcontinent, and said the level of trade between Iran and Sri Lanka is much less than the two nations' potentials.

The Leader further noted that Iran's scientific, technological, and research advances can pave a proper ground for extending cooperation between the two countries.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran looks forward to expanding the existing friendship and cooperation with your government and nation; and in this regard, the contracts which were signed between the two countries today, must be earnestly followed up and implemented.”

Also at the meeting, Sri Lanka's president called Iran one of the most advanced countries in the areas of technology, science, and universities, and expressed the hope that Sri Lanka could win profit from Iran's scientific advances, as a result of increasing cooperation, the official website of the Leader reported.

At this meetig, also attended by President Rouhani, Sirisena forwarded the warm greetings of his government and nation to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and stated, "During our talks today, we decided to multiply cooperation and activities between our countries, and implement the agreements signed between Iranian and Sri Lankan officials.”