Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran. (Photo: Getty Images)

Vietnamese Ambassador to Iran Nguyen Hong Thach visited Esfahan city, Iran where he met with the city’s mayor Mehdi Jamalinejad to discuss potential tourism cooperation between the two countries.

At the meeting, Mayor Jamalinejad briefed the ambassador on the city’s strengths, particularly in tourism, and expressed his hope to enhance partnerships with Vietnamese localities.

Despite their 40-year relationship, cooperation in trade and culture between Vietnam and Iran has remained limited, the mayor said, adding that tourism should be a main focus to boost bilateral ties.

He proposed the two countries organise cultural weeks to foster mutual understanding between their peoples while suggesting establishing a sister-city relationship with a province or city in Vietnam. Thach agreed on his initiatives.

According to Thach, the Vietnamese Embassy in Iran attended a tourism expo in Esfahan in April and brought Verano, a quartet from Hanoi, to more than 300 audience members in the city on September 4.

The first Vietnamese students will arrive in Esfahan this September to study the Farsi language at Azad University, Khorasgan campus.

Esfahan is a large city, located almost in the centre of Iran and 414 kilometres south of Teheran.

This thousands-of-years-old city is a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy and renowned for its diverse resident languages, religions and customs alongside beautiful historic Islamic architecture.-VNA