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President Truong Tan Sang concluded his visit to Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran
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President Truong Tan Sang and his spouse. Photo: VNA

Although Viet Nam established diplomatic ties with Tanzania on 14 February 1965, with Mozambique on 25 June 1975 and with Iran on 4 August 1973, trade and economic relations with these countries are still modest (in 2015, bilateral trade turnover with Tanzania reached US$ 204 million, with Mozambique reached US$ 66 million and with Iran reached US$ 107 million) while the potential for cooperation between Viet Nam and these countries are high.

On the other hand, Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran have just experienced important events. Tanzania has successfully organized the general elections in favor of the ruling Revolutionary Party of Tanzania (CCM) which made His Excellency John Magufuli the President. Mozambique has also transferred generation of leader and started a new development strategy. Iran has signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), lifting of the embargo. All three countries have vigorously implemented Look East policy.

In this context, the visits of the high-ranking leader of Viet Nam to these countries are the timely and valuable encouragement and support, and opportunities for cooperation for mutual development. The visits have generated new momentum to boost economic and trade ties between Viet Nam and friendly countries on par with the traditional political relations, support and assistance.

President Truong Tan Sang and his delegation were given State-level receptions by Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran. The President and his entourage were warmly welcomed by people in the official welcome ceremonies as well as in other activities.

At meetings and contacts, the President on behalf of the people of Viet Nam expressed thanks to the peoples of the three countries for their enormous support and significant contribution to Viet Nam’s victory in the struggle for national reunification.

Leaders of Viet Nam and the three countries reviewed economic and trade ties, pointing out the great potentials which have not been harnessed (namely cashew planting and export, tourism, mining in Tanzania, sea economy, mining in Mozambique, and science-technology, energy, telecommunications in Iran).

President Truong Tan Sang and leaders of the three countries agreed on the priority areas and major measures to boost bilateral economic and trade ties. Viet Nam committed to boost economic and trade ties to US$ 1 billion with Tanzania, US$ 500 million with Mozambique and US$ 2 billion with Iran in 2020.

Along with the promotion of economic and trade development, Viet Nam and the three countries affirmed to continue mutual support, strengthen political exchanges, and support each other's candidates in international fora. The three countries pledged to support Viet Nam’s nomination as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure, and the International Law Commission for the 2017-2021 tenure.

The visit is also an opportunity for Vietnamese and the three countries’ leaders to exchange views on regional and international issues, including the problems of concern of the international community in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the determination to cooperate in resolving global problems relating to peace, stability and development of the world.

The three countries strongly supported the viewpoints and principled stance to settle disputes and conflicts by peaceful means, through dialogue in line with international law, and principles of the UN Charter, including the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea.

During the visits to Africa and the Middle East of the President, many important cooperation documents in the fields of education, banking, oil and gas were signed to deeper cooperation between Viet Nam and the three countries.

The successful visits along with the agreements and the documents reached mark an important milestone and constitute a solid foundation to enhance the relations between Viet Nam and Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran for prosperity and development of Viet Nam and the three countries.

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