Iranian President Accorded Official Welcome

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PUTRAJAYA – The President of Iran, Dr Hassan Rouhani was accorded an official welcome at Dataran Perdana here today in conjunction with his first official visit to Malaysia.

Rouhani, who assumed the presidency in 2013, was greeted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak upon arrival.

After the national anthems of Iran and Malaysia were played respectively, the president inspected a guard-of honour mounted by 106 officers and men of the 1st Battalion Royal Malay Regiment led by Mej Wan Azrul Wan Yahya.

Najib then introduced Rouhani to the cabinet ministers, foreign diplomats and senior government officials.

Later, Najib held a restricted meeting with Rouhani followed by a delegation meeting.

Both leaders are scheduled to witness a signing ceremony of Extradition Treaty between Malaysia and Iran.

The two-day visit to Malaysia is part of Rouhani’s tour to the Southeast Asia region with stops in Vietnam and Thailand.

Rouhani is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohamad Javad Zarif and senior cabinet ministers and senior government officials.

Wisma Putra in a statement said the official visit was aimed at re-affirming and further strengthening the warm and close bilateral relations between Malaysia and Iran. – BERNAMA