​Presidents Tran Dai Quang and Hassan Rouhani (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Iran issued a joint statement on the State visit to Vietnam from October 5-7 by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The following is the full text of the joint statement.

“1. At the invitation of H.E. Mr. Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, H.E. Mr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran paid a State visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 5-7 October 2016.

2. H.E. Dr. Hassan Rouhani paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, held official talks with H.E. Mr. Tran Dai Quang and met H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister. In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, both sides exchanged views on cooperation in issues of common interest in bilateral relations, regional and international issues.

3. The two Presidents expressed their satisfaction at the progress in bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations 43 years ago. President Rouhani congratulated Vietnam on the achievements recorded in various areas, maintaining social security and sustainable growth, improving business environment, accelerating international and regional economic integration. President Tran Dai Quang commended the leaders and people of Iran on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and subsequent developments, including the lifting of sanctions, opening up opportunities for accelerating bilateral cooperation in various aspects politically, economically and culturally.

4. President Tran Dai Quang and President Rouhani agreed to further intensify more frequent and wider exchange of visits and contacts at various levels and via different channels between the governments, parliaments, localities, people to people, businesses and reaffirmed the effective continuation of the existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms including the joint-governmental economic commission, political consultative meeting and others, consolidating mutual strategic trust.
  
5. The Iranian side appreciated the continued support of Vietnam to Iran’s joining in ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC). The two sides are willing to strengthen cooperation in relevant fields and make joint efforts for progress and prosperity of Asian region including ASEAN.

6. The two sides agreed to consolidate mutual consultation and support within regional and international fora. Vietnam thanked Iran for its support to Vietnam’s candidatures to international organizations, especially within the United Nations framework and requested for Iran’s continued supports to Vietnam’s candidates for the post of the UNESCO Director General for the term 2017-2021 and the International Law Commission for the term 2017-2021. The Iranian side took note of the request and pledged to consider it positively.

7. The two Leaders agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in trade and investment and pledged to provide favorable conditions for businesses of both countries to increase access to each other’s market so as to achieve the targeted bilateral trade turnover of 2 billion USD in the coming time. Both sides shared the idea of cooperating in rice plantation in Vietnam for exporting to Iran. The two Presidents affirmed the importance of further cooperation in information and telecommunications, science and technology, engineering services, agriculture, energy, security, among others. The Vietnamese side took note of the Iranian side’s proposals regarding the estabishment of joint committees on investment and banking.

8. The two sides agreed to further strengthen consultation and exchange of views in fighting against illegal trafficking of goods, drugs and drug-related materials, transnational and cyber crimes, consolidating relevant cooperation mechanisms.

9. The two Presidents agreed to boost cooperation in higher education, exchange of professors and students, tourism, health, youth and sports. In order to boost people-to-people exchange, the two sides agreed to support and provide necessary facilitation to citizens of Vietnam and Iran in visiting each other’s country.

10. The two Presidents were of the views that the regional and international situation is experiencing profound and complex changes. In such a condition, both sides emphasized on cooperation of developing countries in international affairs. The two Leaders shared the belief that peace and stability in South East Asia and West Asia should be maintained in the interest of the international community.

11. The two Leaders emphasized the need for the international community's determination in the fight against terrorism and extremism and encouraged dialogues on policies and practical cooperation in this regard. The two sides appreciated the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution titled “World Against Violence and Extremism” (WAVE) which was adopted on the proposal of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a proper framework for achieving this objective.

12. The two sides welcomed the signing of the Agreement between the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the Mutual Abolition of Visas for Holders of Official/Service Passports and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Cooperation on Information and Communications.

13. President Hassan Rouhani expressed warm appreciation to President Tran Dai Quang, the Government and the people of Vietnam for the warm hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during his visit in Vietnam.

14. President Hassan Rouhani extended an invitation to President Tran Dai Quang to visit Iran. President Tran Dai Quang gladly accepted the invitation. Dates for the visit shall be communicated through diplomatic channels.”-VNA