Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani (R) meets VIFA President Dang Nhu Loi (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani appreciated contributions made by the Vietnam-Iran Friendship Association (VIFA) to boosting people-to-people diplomacy between the two nations at his meeting with VIFA President Dang Nhu Loi in Hanoi on April 17.

The Speaker told Loi that during his meetings with senior Vietnamese leaders, they put forth important proposals, including opening Persian language classes for Vietnamese students, creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese students to learn in Iran, opening a direct air route between Vietnam and Iran, and developing more tours between the two countries.

He expressed his hope that the VIFA will maintain its active participation in friendship, exchange and cooperation activities, thereby helping to further develop the bilateral friendship and cooperation between Iran and Vietnam.

Loi briefed the Iranian leader on the VIFA’s activities since its establishment nine years ago, with its target of tightening solidarity between the two countries and fostering bilateral economic ties – an important foundation of Vietnam-Iran relations.

He hoped that in the time ahead, the Parliament of Iran will adopt more legal documents to develop bilateral trade cooperation, friendship and people-to-people diplomacy, including activities of the VIFA and the Iran-Vietnam Friendship Association.

Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani has been on an official visit to Vietnam from April 15-18 at the invitation of Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.-VNA