Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began a two-day official visit to Vietnam Friday at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang, Vietnam News Agency reported.
As the highest-level visit made by an Iranian leader since 1995, his trip aims to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam, especially in trade, agriculture, fisheries, culture, sports and tourism.
Vietnam and Iran set up diplomatic ties on in 1973. Two-way trade between the two countries reached US$165 million last year and $61 million in the first half of this year.
Vietnam mainly exports rice, tea, rubber latex, apparels and footwear to Iran while importing fertilizer, asphalt and chemicals from the Middle Eastern country.
Iran is currently the Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, of which Vietnam is a member.
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