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Vietnamese State President to visit Tanzania, Mozambique, Iran

Tuesday, March 08, 2016, 11:27 GMT+7

Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang is scheduled to pay state visits to Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran between March 9 and 15 at the invitation of his counterparts in the three countries.

President Sang and the First Lady, along with a Vietnamese delegation of elite officials, will visit the three nations, following the invitation of President John Magufuli of Tanzania, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique, and Hassan Rouhani of Iran.

In the two African nations, the visiting president will meet with local leaders to discuss measures to cement cooperation in trade, agriculture, infrastructure, telecommunication, and tourism.

Viettel Group, the largest mobile network operator in Vietnam which is managed by the Ministry of Defense, is currently carrying out several investment projects in both Tanzania and Mozambique.

Vietnam and Iran have developed friendly relations, Nguyen Quang Khai, former Vietnamese Ambassador to the Middle East said, adding that the ties between the two parties in economics and trade have yet to reach their full potential.

Iranian authorities have been considering several Vietnamese projects on oil inspection and exploration, according to the erstwhile ambassador.

“The state visit of President Sang to Iran is timely in that the United States and other European countries have just lifted sanctions against the country [in Western Asia], bringing about great opportunities for Vietnam – Iran cooperation in oil and gas, industry, agriculture, and other areas,” Khai said.

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