Jan 20, 2016, 3:58 PM
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Former Vietnamese envoy hails Lifting of anti-Iran sanctions

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 20, IRNA – Vietnam’s former ambassador in Iran Nguyen Quang Khai has congratulated implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to the people and leadership of Iran.

Speaking to IRNA in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, the diplomat said removal of the sanctions would assist to boost Iran’s relationship with international community.

A very complicated global issue has been resolved through peaceful means, he said adding that Vietnam is eager to develop relation with Iran.

Nguyen Quang Khai added it is a good model for political solution to other regional and international problems, giving a positive contribution to the peace, security and stability in the Middle East and the world over.
The diplomat added, the removal of sanctions, has once again demonstrated the determination of the international community and Iran as one of the most arduous issues in the world.

He believed that the post-sanction era would create unique opportunities to rebuild Iran's economy.

The former ambassador of Hanoi to Tehran hoped with the guidance of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei, wise policy of the President Hassan Rohani and great economic potentials, the Iranian people would successfully build a prosperous country, actively work for peace and security in the region and in the world over.

“By land area, Iran is the second largest country in the Middle East and 18th largest in the world. By population, Iran is the world's 17th populous country. Iran possesses 158 billion barrels of oil reserves and 34,000 billion m3, or about 10% and 15% of the world’s reserves respectively. Around $50 billion from over $100 billion frozen assets overseas will become immediately available to the Islamic Republic. Iran's annual economic growth is expected to boost to 8%,” he explained.

He also added that lifting of the sanctions would give a green light to investors from all over the globe to invest in the country.
The former ambassador added lifting of Iran’s sanctions would actively contribute to the world economy.

Regarding Iran and Vietnam relationship, he said, the two countries have had excellent political relations.

Both have helped each other in the struggle for freedom and independence. Vietnam and Iran established diplomatic relations in 1973. Vietnam was among the first countries to recognize the success of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979. This is a very good ground for bilateral cooperation between the two countries. We have to work together to turn our aspiration into reality, he added.

Nguyen Quang Khai added that the lifting of sanction on Iran would create favorable conditions for strengthening economic cooperation between the two capitals and enhance it to an excellent level as same political relations between the two countries.

According to the former ambassador, at the 8th meeting of Iran-Vietnam Joint Committee held in Hanoi recently, the two sides agreed to boost cooperation with the aim of bringing bilateral trade turnover to US$500 million a year.

Vietnam can provide Iran with commodities such as rice, fish, rubber, Footwear, garments, consumer goods and import oil, chemical products, copper, aluminum, steel and other raw materials. There are a lot of opportunities for oil, agricultural, tourism cooperation. We are ready to insure the foods security of Iran in exchange for Iran commitment to insure Vietnam's energy security.

In investment, Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) is prepared to resume its work in Danan oilfield in Iran and welcome Iranian investors to build oil refineries and other projects in Vietnam, Nguyen Quang Khai stated.

On this occasion I am very pleased to announce that on coming March, Mahan Air will operate the direct charter flights to bring Iranian tourists to Vietnam. It will be the first ever flight connecting Tehran and Hanoi, he added at the end of this interview.

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