Iran, Vietnam Call for Closer Int’l Cooperation

Iran, Vietnam Call for Closer Int’l Cooperation

In a Sunday meeting in Tehran, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour and the Vietnamese president’s special envoy discussed issues of mutual interest.

During the meeting, Vietnamese President Trần Đại Quang’s special envoy called for closer mutual cooperation between Tehran and Hanoi.

He touched upon his country’s independence of vote as well as its backing for Tehran in international circles.

The Vietnamese diplomat called on Iran to support Hanoi’s nomination for membership in the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.

The official also asked Iran to back Vietnam’s nominees for the post of Secretary General of UNESCO and for the Colombo Plan.

Rahimpour, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese official for attending the swearing-in ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani, and expressed gratitude to Vietnam for its constructive cooperation, its support for Iran in regional circles, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and its “no” vote to anti-Iran human rights resolutions.

Elsewhere in the meeting, the two sides noted that the current volume of trade is not proportionate to the existing potential in both countries, and stressed the need to forge closer cooperation in all areas, especially in trade, tourism, rice cultivation and fisheries as well as the establishment of direct flights between the two countries.

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