Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he looks forward to working with the President-elect of Iran Hassan Rohani to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

His media unit said that Rajapaksa had sent a congratulatory message to Rohani, who had won the recent Presidential elections.

“I am certain that your vast experience in the realm of politics and the affairs of the state along with your leadership qualities will provide the necessary guidance to steer Iran forward,” President Rajapaksa wrote in his message.

Noting that Sri Lanka and Iran enjoy strong historical, bilateral ties that predate the modern diplomatic relations, which were established more than six decades ago, Rajapaksa said he looks forward to working with President Rohani to further strengthen relations between the two countries.