President’s visit to Iran aims to promote bilateral ties: Ambassador

NDO/ VNA - President Truong Tan Sang will be arriving in Tehran on March 13, seeking closer ties with Iran, especially in economics and trade, Vietnamese Ambassador to Iran Nguyen Hong Thach has told the Tehran Times.

President Truong Tan Sang
President Truong Tan Sang

He said there are many Vietnamese businesses wishing to enter the Iranian market and the same for Iranian businesses towards Vietnam.

They two countries should push trade forward as they see great potential for expanding relations in this field, he noted.

Petrochemistry, for example, is one of the strengths of Iran. On the other hand, Vietnam’s agricultural, textile, and shoes industries have a lot to offer Iran.

Furthermore, an important area for cooperation is tourism. Iranians travel a lot, especially to countries near Vietnam making it a good opportunity for the two countries to consider the tourism sector more seriously, he said.

The petrochemistry sector is closely related to the oil industry. During the visit, both sides will discuss a joint venture in Vietnam between Iranian Ghadir Investment Group and PetroVietnam to produce petrochemicals fed by petroleum imports from Iran.

It is a good opportunity for Iran; if Iran produces petrochemicals in Vietnam, it can export them through Vietnam to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries, including the US, Canada, Japan, and the Republic of Korea with very low tariff levels. The project is in the interest of both countries as Iran cannot access the market directly.

Thach said he hopes that both countries will sign a memorandum of understanding on the joint venture on the occasion.

He also noted that a number of memoranda of understanding are also expected to be signed during the visit, including one between the State Bank of Vietnam and the Central Bank of Iran to expand banking ties.

Also, on the agenda will be a very big business forum organised by the Trade Promotion Organisation of Iran, he added.

The ambassador also called on Vietnamese businesses to invest in the garment industry in Iran, which has a big market and is a gateway into the Middle East region.