Vietnam, Iran boost ties

(VOV) - Vietnam and Iran have agreed to increase the efficiency of cooperation to fully tap their potential.

The agreement was reached during meetings between Iranian officials and Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Phuong Nga who visited Iran on April 13-14.

Nga paid a courtesy visit to Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, and co-chaired a political consultation with her counterpart Seyyed Abbas Araghchi.

She also met with Deputy Minister of Industries and Mines Massoud Movahedi, Vice President of Commerce, Industries and Mines Seyed Mehdi Miraboutalebi, and President of the Iran-Vietnam Friendship Society Seyed Kamal Sajjadi.

They all agreed that both sides will increase the exchange of delegations, strengthen cooperation in economics, trade, agriculture, seafood, education-training and tourism, and prepare for an upcoming meeting of the Vietnam-Iran Joint Committee.

Vietnam and Iran will accelerate negotiations and signing of an agreement on double tax avoidance and memorandums of understanding on cooperation in culture, customs, and plant quarantine and protection.

The two countries will work closely together to successfully celebrate 40 years of their diplomatic ties this year.

FM Ali Akbar Salehi hailed Vietnam’s increasing position globally and confirmed that Iran wants to boost traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam.  

Both hosts and guest exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.