NA Chairwoman welcomes Iranian Parliament Speaker’s visit
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and the Iranian delegation
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has expressed belief that the ongoing visit by Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani will contribute to consolidating traditional friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Iran.
During talks with the Iranian parliament leader following a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on April 16, NA Chairwoman Ngan lauded the effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as Iran nuclear deal, which she said, has facilitated socio-economic development of Iran.
She called for close coordination between the two countries to lift two-way trade to 2 billion USD with attention given to specific fields.
The Vietnamese NA leader expressed the wish to soon receive Iran’s diplomatic note supporting Vietnam’s run for a seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021, as agreed by the two countries’ leaders.
Larijani, for his part, congratulated the Vietnamese NA on successfully holding the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum.
He said he believed that the two countries will achieve the trade target, adding that Iran can assist Vietnam in the field of oil and gas, and wants to learn from Vietnam’s experience in agriculture.
The Iranian parliament speaker suggested boosting ties in potential fields such as pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, bank connectivity, tourism-culture, film, television, and exchange of lecturers and students.
He said while the two sides had operated several chartered flights, they need to consider launching direct flight service to step up economic, trade and tourism development.
Both sides agreed to enhance the exchange of all-level visits and coordinate more closely at global and regional forums, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Chairwoman Ngan said at recent Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meetings, some NAM members outside the Southeast Asian region objected to ASEAN’s update on the Southeast Asian section in the meetings’ documents.
She said the action ran counter to the practice and principles of the NAM which is solidarity, independence and not under pressure or intervention from outside.
She asked Iran to continue supporting and protecting the aforementioned principles for the sake of the NAM solidarity in the time ahead.
The two leaders said although bilateral trade reached 164.6 million USD in 2017, up 41 percent from the previous year, the figure has yet to match their huge potential.
Speaker Larijani said the statistics haven’t fully reflected the actual bilateral trade revenue since many Vietnamese products in Iran were imported via a third country. He noted the Iranian Government is creating conditions for Vietnamese tourists, including granting visas at ports of entry. If the Vietnamese Government also provides similar conditions, bilateral trade will increase, he said.
Chairwoman Ngan said Iran is a populous Middle Eastern country while Vietnam is a populous nation in Southeast Asia. They should prioritise the trading of the goods of each side’s strength and speed up the settlement of payment hurdles, while encouraging market survey, trade promotion and investment activities between the two countries’ businesses.
She said the fields of information technology and telecommunications boast major cooperation potential. Vietnam wants to make bilateral partnership in these spheres into a breakthrough in bilateral ties, thereby stimulating cooperation in other fields.
Vietnam’s military-run telecom group Viettel is very interested in the telecom market of Iran, she said, asking Iran to create favourable conditions for Viettel to take part in telecom projects in the Middle Eastern nation.
Larijani said his country will support the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) to reactivate the Danan project. His visit this time is also meant to listen to opinions of Vietnamese businesses interested in investing in Iran so as to remove obstacles and strengthen partnership.
Iran is ready to provide scholarships for Vietnamese students to study the Persian language and other subjects, continue exchanging university lecturers and students, and step up cultural and tourism cooperation through organising exhibitions, film screening and other cultural events.
Regarding parliamentary ties, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that parliamentary relations are an important channel in Vietnam’s foreign policy. She expressed his hope that the two parliaments will bolster delegation exchanges at all levels, especially between specialized committees to share legislative and supervisory experience.
She noted that the 14th NA of Vietnam had set up an 8-member Vietnam-Iran parliamentary friendship group chaired by Vice Chairman of the NA’s Judicial Affairs Committee Nguyen Van Pha, adding that the two sides should further bring into play the role of their parliamentary friendship groups in enhancing cooperation between the two parliaments and the two countries.
The two leaders also agreed to bolster supervising and push the effective implementation of the signed agreements, including the deals reached by the countries’ inter-governmental committee.
Regional and international issues of shared concern were also discussed during the talks. Chairwoman Ngan said the East Sea is a shipping route linking Europe, the Middle East and Africa with East Sea, which is used for the transportation of 50 percent of all the goods delivered by sea around the world.
Keeping peace, stability, security and safety of navigation in and overflight over the East Sea is the common interest of all countries inside and outside the region, she said, stressing that Vietnam advocates the settlement of East Sea disputes by peaceful means, in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and with respect for diplomatic and legal processes along with the rights and legitimate interests of relevant parties.
Sharing the view, Speaker Larijani said in resolving conflicts and disputes, Iran prioritise diplomatic solutions.
At the end of the talks, Chairwoman Ngan accepted an invitation to visit Iran from the Iranian Speaker, saying that she will arrange time for the visit.
The Vietnamese NA leader is to chair a banquet for the Iranian guests in the evening the same day.
Vietnam wants to bolster traditional ties with Iran: Party Chief
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.
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani
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.
Iran looks to foster comprehensive partnership with Vietnam
Iran wishes to promote comprehensive partnership with Vietnam, Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani told Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during their meeting in Hanoi on April 16.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc shakes hands with Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani in their meeting in Hanoi on April 16.
During the meeting, Larijani mentioned the close friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Iran over the last 45 years, saying that as the two countries’ celebration of the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties (1973-2018) this year will open up new opportunities for the two sides to further expand the bilateral relations.
The Parliament of Iran has recently approved a master plan for the country’s development over the next five years which encourages foreign investment in the fields of oil and gas, petrochemistry, liquefied petroleum gas and agriculture, said the top Iranian legislator.
Iran wants to cooperate with Vietnam in these areas, alongside information technology, cyber-security and environmental protection, he noted, adding that Iran welcomes and will create all possible conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to do business in his country.
To raise two-way trade to 2 billion USD, he suggested the two countries set up a direct air route and simplify visa procedures to boost tourism. He also urged better coordination between the two sides in finance and banking which is vital to increase bilateral trade.
PM Phuc, for his part, appreciated the proposals by his Iranian guest, saying they are closely aligned with the focus of the two nations’ cooperation.
Welcoming Larijani to attend the Vietnam – Iran business forum during this visit, Phuc said he has instructed relevant agencies to invite to the event potential Vietnamese companies that are interested in developing partnerships with peers from Iran.
He asked Iran to back Vietnam’s candidacy for the UN Security Council from 2020-2021 and suggested the two sides increase exchanges of high-level delegations and closely work together to host celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Iran diplomatic ties, thus promoting relations in all areas.
Vietnam encourages Iranian firms to trade and invest in the production of agricultural products, an advantage of Vietnam, and welcomes Iran’s cooperation in sea transportation, port construction and support industries, the PM said.
He asked the central banks of Vietnam and Iran to together work out ways to remove barriers in payment between the two sides, thus facilitating trade activiites.
The Iranian leader agreed with PM Phuc, noting that he will direct relevant bodies to soon translate the ideas into reality for the benefits of both sides as well as for peace and prosperity in the region and the world at large.
Larijani arrived in Hanoi on April 15 for an official visit at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. He will be in the country until April 18.
VFF pledges to contribute to Vietnam-Iran relations
President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man (R) and Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani
The Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) will continue its close coordination with the National Assembly, Government and relevant agencies of Vietnam to contribute to enhancing the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with the State and people of Iran, said President of the VFF Central Committee Tran Thanh Man.
Man told Speaker of the Parliament of Iran Ali Ardeshir Larijani in Hanoi on April 16 that the VFF will work to encourage political and social organisations, and associations of the two countries to expand exchange and cooperation.
The VFF leader expressed his hope that the Iranian Parliament will make more contributions to deepening the bilateral collaboration in an effective manner, especially in economy.
Vietnam always attaches importance to the traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with Iran, Man said, noting with pleasure the active development of the bilateral ties, as reflected through visits by the two countries’ leaders over the past time.
He used the occasion to congratulate Iran on the economic achievements, political stability and the elevated position in the region and the world the country has recorded.
Larijani, for his part, briefed the host about outcomes of his talks with Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, during which both sides shared views on potential for cooperation in oil and gas, minerals, information-technology, telecommunications, aviation, culture and education-training.
The Iranian leader urged the two countries to step up their affiliation, particularly in trade and investment, thus raising bilateral trade for the sake of people of each country.