Sunday, December 23, 2007

Iran Ready to Construct Refinery in Vietnam

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari voiced Tehran's readiness to cooperate with Hanoi in constructing oil refineries, facilities and installations in Vietnam.

Safari made the remarks in a meeting with the chairman of Vietnam's Oil and Gas Group, where the two sides discussed Tehran-Hanoi oil and gas cooperation.

During the meeting, the Iranian diplomat briefed the other side about Iran's potentials, possibilities, cooperation with other countries and projects in the oil and gas sector, and viewed Vietnam's long-term energy strategy as a good base for promising cooperation between the two sides in future.

"Tehran is ready to cooperate with Hanoi in constructing refineries, oil installations and facilities and launch oil and gas joint ventures in Iran or Vietnam or third countries," he said.

For his part, the Vietnamese official noted Iran's significant standing in the oil and gas industry, and said that he would pay a visit to Tehran in the near future to further discuss the two states' cooperation.

He proposed that Iran participate in the construction of a third refinery in southern Vietnam and in other exploration, extraction and development projects in that country.

The official also voiced Hanoi's enthusiasm for Iran's participation in the implementation of a project for the construction of Vietnam's second refinery.