TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the importance of Iran relations with Japan in all political and economic areas and stressed the necessity for the two Asian countries’ private sectors to boost cooperation and joint investments.

“Age-old relations between Iran and Japan have always been cordial and the two nations have a special respect for each other,” Rouhani said at a meeting with Japan’s new ambassador to Tehran on Tuesday.

The two countries have common views about many international issues and the meetings of the two countries’ officials in various international circles, especially on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, have always been positive and in line with efforts to deepen ties, he added.

Rouhani further underlined the importance of closer cooperation and joint investments by the Iranian and Japanese companies and private sectors.

The Japanese envoy, for his part, said his country is willing to develop amicable relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

During the meeting, the Japanese diplomat submitted his credentials to the Iranian president.

Iran and Japan have ramped up efforts in recent years to boost bilateral relations in diverse political and economic fields.

Back in May, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono reiterated his country’s support for the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, saying it is important that Iran and other parties maintain the deal.