Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (right) and Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani. (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City commits to creating favourable conditions for Iranian enterprises to cooperate with partners in the city, and run long-term business in the Vietnamese southern metropolis, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan told visiting Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani on April 17.

Nhan stressed that HCM City treasures Iranian people’s sentiments towards Vietnam and the city, and stands ready to work together with Iran to further the bilateral friendship and cooperation across fields, thus bringing pragmatic interests to both sides.

He said the visit to Vietnam by the Iranian top legislator, which takes place on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties, has contributed to increasing mutual understanding and enhancing relations between Iran and Vietnam, including HCM City.

For his part, Larijani said Iranian people were impressed by Vietnam’s struggle for national liberation and reunification.

The Speaker, however, pointed out that economic ties between Vietnam and Iran have yet to match potential and aspirations of the two countries.

Vietnam and Iran share a lot of similarities, with substantial potential for cooperation, especially in maritime transport, seaport construction, oil and gas, liquefied gas, woodwork and agriculture, he said.

Lauding strong development and potential of HCM City, the guest urged the city and Iran to step up information sharing and collaboration, particularly in economy.-VNA