TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The illegal American sanctions that have adversely affected Iran’s interaction with other countries would not last long, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday before embarking on a tour of East Asia.

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Speaking to reporters before leaving Tehran for Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning, Rouhani said pursuing the policy of “pivot to the East and closer ties with major Asian countries” has always been among the Islamic Republic’s main objectives.

“The visits to Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, made at the invitation of the senior officials of the two countries, are in line with this policy,” the president added.

Highlighting the economic relations and investment cooperation between Iran and Japan after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the close environmental consultations at present, the president said the “cruel US pressures and illegal sanctions” have caused a reduction in the ties between Tehran and Tokyo.

“This (American) move and the sanctions won’t be steady, and all countries in the world want to have close and good relations with Iran, particularly the countries with which we’ve had good ties traditionally,” Rouhani added.

On the visit to Malaysia for participation in the KL Summit 2019, Rouhani said the heads of a number of major Muslim states would attend the summit, including those of Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Iran and Malaysia share views on many regional issues and Islamic world affairs, Rouhani stated, adding that both nations believe in dialogue and negotiations for the settlement of the Islamic world problems.

The KL Summit 2019 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from December 18 to 21.