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Iranian, Vietnamese Cities Sign Sister City Accord.

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian city of Tabriz and the Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh City plan to ink a sister city agreement in a bid to coordinate their efforts in consolidating all-out relations, specially in trade and tourism domains.

Tabriz Mayor Sadeq Najafi in a meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Tehran Nguyen Hong Thach in the Northwestern Iranian city on Sunday proposed Tabriz and Ho Chi Minh become sister cities by signing a contract.

"Sharing experiences by Tabriz and Ho Chi Minh in the field of urban infrastructure, tourism development and providing services to the citizens can be important topics for interaction between the two cities," Najafi said.

Najafi pointed to the economic, industrial and tourism potentials of Tabriz city, and said that Tabriz is a proper option for Ho Chi Minh to sign a sister-city agreement with.

The Vietnamese ambassador, for his part, welcomed Najafi's sister city proposal, and said, "Given the economic and industrial characteristics of Tabriz, Ho Chi Minh as an important industrial and economic city is the best option among Vietnamese cities for the endorsement of such an agreement with Tabriz."

Nguyen noted that he will do his best to pave the way for Tabriz and Ho Chi Minh to become sister cities.

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon, is the largest city in Vietnam. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam from 1955--75.

In April 2013, Tabriz and the Palestinian Gaza city in a ceremony were declared as sister cities.

In mid-May 2013, Iranian and Vietnamese officials in a meeting in Hanoi underlined the necessity for boosting mutual cooperation.

During the meeting between former Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Mehdi Qazanfari and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang in the Vietnamese capital, Qazanfari exchanged views on ways to develop relations and promote cooperation between the two countries with the Vietnamese president.

The Iranian minister of industry, mines and trade said joint investment projects would be highly beneficial for both nations, and expressed the hope that by holding joint economic commission, the two countries would witness growth in their bilateral ties.

Iran and Vietnam enjoy excellent and high potentials to develop economic cooperation, the Iranian minister said, and hoped that the two nations would use all their potentials to augment their trade ties.

The Vietnamese president, for his part, expressed his country's readiness for expansion of economic cooperation with Iran in line with mutual interests.

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