Vietnam wants to bolster traditional ties with Iran: Party Chief hinh anh 1General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani
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Hanoi (VNA) Vietnam wants to step up traditional cooperation and friendship with Iran and both sides should work more to bolster economic, trade and investment ties to live up with their strengths and potential, said General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong.

Holding a reception in Hanoi on April 16 for Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani, who is on a four-day official visit to Vietnam, Party leader Trong affirmed Vietnam’s consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation of relations on the basis of international principals, equality and mutual benefits.

The Party chief took the occasion to congratulate the southwest Asian country on its successes in political stabilization, socio-economic development and increasing position in the international arena.

He expressed his delight at the fruitful relations between Vietnam and Iran, which has been incessantly consolidated.

He recommended that the two countries strengthen coordination at regional and international forums while promoting the exchange of delegations at all levels as well as exchange activities in the fields of culture, sports, education-training and tourism.

The moves will bring practical benefits to both sides, for interests of their people and for regional and global peace and development, he stressed.

Ali Ardeshir Larijani, for his part, lauded Vietnam’s achievements and roles in the regional and international arenas, believing that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Vietnamese people will reap more resounding successes in the national construction, protection and development.

He asserted his determination to further the friendship and cooperation between the legislative bodies, States and people of Vietnam and Iran.

Iran stands ready to join hands with Vietnam in such areas as petrochemistry, mining, tourism, aviation, pharmaceuticals, security, defence and banking, among others, he noted.

He invited Party General Secretary Trong to pay visit to Iran in a proper time and the later accepted the invitation with pleasure.-VNA