|State President Truong Tan Sang receives Iranian Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Mehdi Ghazanfari in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— State President Truong Tan Sang yesterday urged Viet Nam and Iran to raise their two-way trade turnover by removing all barriers.
He made the statement while meeting Iranian Minister of Industry, Mining and Trade Mehdi Ghazanfari, who was paying an official visit to Viet Nam.
Sang said the country always highly appreciates the relationship and wishes to strengthen Iran's co-operation with international forums.
He suggested the two sides mobilise their potential co-operation with each other in the fields of economy, trade and culture.
Iranian Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari said Iran was willing to raise the two countries' trade turnover to US$500 million in the near future.
He advised that the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Iranian Ministry of Industry,Mining and Trade had agreed to appoint a group of representatives to realise co-operation agreements.
He suggested Viet Nam form favourable mechanisms to introduce its agricultural products, especially rice and rubber to Iran's market, calling for similar measures to assist the introduction of Iran's oil and wheat.
Ghazanfari added that Viet Nam and Iran should also push co-operation in the fields of tourism and science and technology, so that more Iranian businesses and tourists could come to Viet Nam to discover the potential for investment and trading.
The visit of Ghazanfari marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. — VNS