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Highlighting the importance of Asia for Iran, President Rouhani said: “The 21st century is the century of Asia and development of Asian cooperation, especially in cultural, scientific, technological and economic fields is very important to Iran”.

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Speaking to reporters at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran before leaving for his Southeast Asia tour, Dr Rouhani mentioned the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) summit and said: “34 key Asian countries are members of the major community and the Islamic Republic of Iran has joined it in 2004”.

Describing cooperation and harmony among Asian countries as one of the main foals of the community, he said: “This community has focused mainly on water, communication, food safety, tourism, human development and durable development and promoting ties in these areas are very important to Iran, especially water, food safety and energy”.

“Iran is a pioneer in Asia in culture, tourism, and science and technology fields. This year, the meeting of tourism ministers was held in Tabriz and Iran will host other meetings as well,” added Rouhani.

He continued: “On the sidelines of this summit, we will have meetings with Thai officials for further development of ties between the two countries”.

Referring to Vietnam visit, Dr Rouhani said: “Vietnam is one of the important countries in East Asia and has had significant positive progress in economic fields in recent years”.

“Tehran-Hanoi ties is very close and we are seeking to further develop these ties in all fields, especially technical and engineering cooperation,” he continued.

The President went on mentioning his visit to Malaysia and added: “Malaysia is an important Asian and Islamic country and old relations between Iran and Malaysia has been good,” adding that Iran seeks to deepen ties with the country in scientific, cultural, economic and technological fields.

"In all three countries, we will meet with intellectuals and clerics of Islam, as well as Iranians residing abroad,” he continued.

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