Hawzah News Agency (Tehran, Iran) - "Asian countries must further cooperate and work with each other, because such cooperation will make them strong," Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena in Tehran.
During the meeting, which was also attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the Leader pointed to cultural and historical relations between the two countries and said the current level of trade ties is "much lower" than the existing capacities.
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that Iran's scientific, technical and research achievements would be an appropriate ground for the expansion of cooperation between the two countries.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to improve friendship and cooperation with your government and country," the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the importance of implementing the memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries to boost relations.
In the presence of Rouhani and Sirisena, Iranian and Sri Lankan officials signed four memoranda of understanding and one document to develop cooperation in various fields.
The Sri Lankan president, for his part, said the two countries' officials agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two states.
He added that Iran is among the most advanced countries in technical, scientific and academic areas and expressed hope that his country would benefit from the Islamic Republic's achievements.