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Rouhani urges expansion of ties between Persian-speaking countries
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Relations among the three Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan should be expanded in all arenas, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.
The president made the remarks while receiving the letter of credential of Tajikistan’s new Ambassador to Tehran Nematollah Imamzada. 
He said the progress of each of these three states would benefit the entire region, adding that Iran has always supported establishment of peace and security in Tajikistan and Afghanistan. 
Imamzada, for his part, said he would do his best to boost the level of mutual cooperation, the economic relations in particular. 
Pointing to Rouhani’s upcoming visit to Tajikistan, the diplomat expressed hope that the visit could pave the ground for reinforcement of relations between the two friendly countries. 
Rouhani is scheduled to visit Tajikistan next week to attend the summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). He will hold talks with senior Tajik officials on the sidelines of the meeting.
Rouhani invites Vietnamese president to visit Iran 
Also on Tuesday, President Rouhani met with new Vietnamese ambassador to Tehran Nguyen Hong Thach, where he called on Tehran and Hanoi to boost relations, saying, “There is no obstacle to the development of bilateral ties.”
He also expressed hope that bilateral cooperation would further boost during the tenure of the new ambassador. 
Rouhani also honored the Vietnamese people’s historic struggle for freedom and independence, and invited his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang to visit Iran in the near future.
Neguyen, for his part, said Hanoi attaches great importance to expansion of economic ties with Iran. The new Vietnamese ambassador said during his term in office, he would make his utmost effort to help boost mutual ties.
Violence and extremism are global dangers: Rouhani
Later in the day, President Rouhani hosted the new Lithuanian Accredited Ambassador to Tehran Kestutis Kujmanas, calling for further enhancement of ties.
Rouhani also urged the two sides to implement bilateral measures to eradicate the “global danger of terrorism and extremism”.      
Kujmanas, for his part, expressed his country’s resolve to make use of Iran’s “vast potential in the areas of science, culture, tourism and education.”

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