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Thailand turns to Iran, Mozambique

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Mozambique and Thailand have agreed to a series of measures to strengthen bilateral cooperation and to double trade between them in the next five years.

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Trade between the two countries stands at $180 million a year and the two countries hope trade will double over the next five years.

Thailand's Minister of Foreign Affairs Surapong Tovichakchaikul said "governments can facilitate, but ultimately it is the private sector that drives economic growth".

Mozambique's Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi said that the bilateral discussions covered many issues including natural resources, tourism, fishing, health, transport and communications. This is the first time a Thai leader has visited Mozambique since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1989.

At the same time, Thailand Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom said that Iran plans to import 250,000 tons of rice from Thailand. The two countries have signed a contract and Iran will import rice from Bangkok in six month starting October. Iran will also import another 750,000 tons of rice from Thailand in the next two years.

Thailand has also suggested Iran to export technical and engineering services for the production of Halal food to Bangkok.


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