Iran attaches importance to fostering ties with Asian countries including Vietnam: Official

A delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly led by its Vice Chairman Senior Lieutenant General Tran Quang Phuong is paying a working visit to Iran from December 2-6.
At the talks between Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese NA Senior Lieutenant General Tran Quang Phuong and Iran's First Deputy Parliament Speaker Ali Nikzad. (Photo:
At the talks between Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese NA Senior Lieutenant General Tran Quang Phuong and Iran's First Deputy Parliament Speaker Ali Nikzad. (Photo:

The delegation held talks with Iran's First Deputy Parliament Speaker Ali Nikzad, who affirmed that Iran has attached importance to fostering relations with countries in Asia, especially nations in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam.

Ali Nikzad briefed the guests on achievements Iran has recorded in health care, science-technology and infrastructure construction, and suggested the two countries activate a trade remedy mechanism, hoping for support from the two governments.

In his speech, NA Vice Chairman Tran Quang Phuong highlighted the Vietnam-Iran friendship, cooperation and mutual support in their causes of national defence, construction and development, as well as their similarities despite geographical distance.

Vietnam and its legislature always treasure the relationship with Iran, and wish it to grow stronger in all government, parliament and people-to-people exchange channels, he said.

The two sides agreed to coordinate in organising activities celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties, step up the exchange of delegations and people-to-people diplomacy, and boost twinned relations between localities.

Phuong said the two countries should facilitate the penetration of their goods into respective markets, organise trade promotion activities and business forums, and strengthen collaboration in telecommunications, IT, digital transformation and other areas where Iran has strengths like nanotechnology, satellite research and space orbit, along with culture, education, tourism and sports.

Regarding Iran's nuclear issue, the legislator noted his support for the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, and respect for rights of countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, in line with obligations prescribed in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. He also lauded efforts by relevant sides in addressing the Iran nuclear issue through dialogues and negotiations.

For the bilateral legislative ties, Phuong suggested the two sides increase the exchange of all-level delegations, carry forward the role of the two countries’ friendship parliamentarians groups, and improve their people's understanding about the friendship and cooperation.

The two legislatures should continue their close coordination at multilateral forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), he added.

Phuong conveyed NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue’s invitation to the Iranian Parliament's Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf to pay an official visit to Vietnam in 2023 when the two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties.

Earlier, the delegation met with the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese community in Iran.

Within the framework of the visit, Do Duc Hong Ha, Vice Chairman of the NA Committee for Judicial Affairs and Chairman of the Vietnam-Iran Friendship Parliamentarians Group, met with Rahimi Jahan Abadin, Chairman of the Iran-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Group.

During their conservation, the second this year following the online talks in May, the two sides consented to work harder to promote mutual understanding and trust between Vietnam and Iran.

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(Source: VNA)