22/03/2016 14:23 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

A New Impetus for Vietnam’s Relations with Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran

From March 9-15, 2016, State President Truong Tan Sang paid state visits to Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran. The visits created a new impetus in promoting cooperative relations, especially in economy and trade with these traditionally friendly countries. 
During the visits, State President Truong Tan Sang and leaders of these countries discussed many basic measures to strengthen bilateral trade and economic ties, including the commitment to increase the bilateral trade turnover with Tanzania to one billion dollars, with Mozambique to 500 million dollars and with Iran to two billion dollars by 2020.

Vietnam will mainly ship rice, agricultural products, seafood, clothing and footwear to Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran, while importing cashews, animal feed and cotton from Tanzania; waste iron, steel and timber products from Mozambique; fertilizers, plastic materials and machinery from Iran.

The Vietnam-Mozambique Inter-governmental Committee is expected to have its 4th meeting in Maputo in 2016. The 9th Vietnam-Iran Inter-governmental Committee will take place in Tehran and the 2nd Vietnam-Tanzania Inter-governmental Committee will meet in Dar Es Salaam.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli receives his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

State President Truong Tan Sang attends the Tanzania - Vietnam Business Forum. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

The visits also provided an opportunity for the leaders to share their concern over regional and international issues, which draw much attention from the international community in Southeast Asian and the Middle East and show the determination to cooperate in handling global matters, such as terrorism, non-traditional security and climate change that affect peace, stability and development.

Regarding the East Sea issue, all three countries further understood disputes in the East Sea and said that the disputes are threatening peace and stability in the region and the world.  They showed their strong support for Vietnam’s views to address the disputes and conflicts by peaceful measures on the basis of international law and regulations stipulated in the UN Charter, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

During the visits to Africa and the Middle East by State President Truong Tan Sang, many  important cooperation documents  in education, banking, oil and gas were signed to further  strengthen cooperation between Vietnam and these countries.

Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and State President Truong Tan Sang
 review the honour guard at the welcoming ceremony. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

Residents in Maputo, Mozambique welcome State President Truong Tan Sang. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

Notably, three business forums were held as part of State President Truong Tan Sang’s trip. Many enterprises of the three countries considered Vietnam a resource market of necessary products of food, footwear, household utensils, garments and textiles, electronic components, seeds and livestock. Vietnamese enterprises sought out opportunities for investment  with the partners in agricultural production, growing aquatic products, industrial plants, oil and gas and telecommunications. Some Vietnamese businesses established cooperation with their partners and plan to open representative offices in Tanzania and Mozambique. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and State President Truong Tan Sang at a press conference. Photo: Nguyen Khang/VNA

State President Truong Tan Sang meets with Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. Photo: VNA 

The success of State President Truong Tan Sang’s visit will serve as a firm foundation to elevate relations between Vietnam and Tanzania, Mozambique and Iran to a new height.