German FM hails visit by Deputy Prime Minister

Thursday, 2019-02-21 18:09:35
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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R) (Source: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas described the ongoing visit by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh as laying a foundation for both countries to develop their bilateral strategic partnership, on February 20.

During a meeting in Berlin, Maas also expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and global integration over the past few years, as well as its important role and position in ASEAN and Asia-Pacific and positive contributions to the global community.

Deputy PM Minh agreed that both sides should further facilitate all-level visits and affirmed that Vietnam always treasures its strategic partnership with Germany, considering it a leading and priority partner in the region.

The two sides consented to increase the contents of the bilateral strategic partnership in diverse areas, and build a specific action plan to further deepen their relations.

The Deputy PM thanked Germany for its support in development projects, including metro line No.2 in Ho Chi Minh City and renewable energy projects.

He expressed his wish that Germany would maintain its supply of official development assistance to Vietnam in fields of Germany’s strength and Vietnam’s demand.

Both sides expressed their delight at the progress in bilateral economic, trade and investment ties with two-way trade topping US$ 10 billion last year, up over US$ 1 billion from 2017. Germany remains Vietnam’s top trade partner in the European Union (EU), while the upcoming inauguration of the Deutsches Haus (German House) in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to boost bilateral trade and investment.

The German side spoke highly of the importance of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and vowed to do its best to sign and ratify the deal at the earliest time.

The host was satisfied with the effective operations of the Vietnamese – German University (VGU) in the southern province of Binh Duong and expressed support for a trilateral agreement on VGU.

He agreed on joint work with Vietnam in vocational training during the fourth industrial revolution, and expressed willingness to enhance cooperation with Vietnam in the use and training of Vietnamese nurses in Germany and promote cultural exchanges via activities at Goethe Institute in Vietnam.

Host and guest both vowed to work closely together in judicial affairs, national defence, science-technology, and aviation.

They agreed to offer support to each other at global forums and organisations, especially within the United Nations framework in the context that Germany will undertake the role of EU Chair by 2020, and is now a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council – a position that Vietnam is running for in the 2020-2021 tenure.

Both sides shared stances on regional and global issues of mutual concern, especially support for trade liberalisation, maintenance of multilateral mechanisms, and respect for international law for the sake of peace and stability in the region and the world.