During the meeting on Wednesday, Abdul Rahman hailed a 20-percent growth in the economic ties between Tehran and Kuala Lumpur to $1.6 billion, and praised the two sides\' determination to strengthen bilateral ties in the face of obstacles. He said Malaysia is willing to further expand its relations with the Islamic Republic, highlighting the significance of the countries\' parliaments in the proximity of the viewpoints and stands adopted by the two nations. Iran and Malaysia share many cultural and social affinities and the ties between the two countries\' people are very close. The number of Iranians who visit Malaysia as tourists or apply for the country\'s universities is increasing. Bilateral trade relations are also on the rise and Tehran and Kuala Lumpur are cooperating on many regional and international issues.