German Chancellor Meets Vietnamese Top Leaders
|Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (R) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz hold talks in Hanoi on November 13. Photo: VNA|
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz defined major directions and measures to comprehensively advance bilateral cooperation during their talks in Hanoi on November 13.
PM Chinh said the Chancellor's official visit to Vietnam on November 13 - 14 was of great importance to bringing the bilateral relations to a new phase of development, enhancing political trust, intensifying the strategic partnership, and strengthening cooperation in bilateral and multilateral aspects towards sustainable development and joint settlement of global issues.
Chancellor Scholz affirmed that Germany attaches importance to Vietnam’s position and role in its Indo-Pacific strategy and supports the strong promotion of traditional relations and cooperation.
The two leaders expressed their delight at the progress in the bilateral relations despite the Covid-19 pandemic’s impacts as seen in frequent meetings between senior leaders of Vietnam and Germany; the vigorous growth in bilateral investment and trade, which has turned Vietnam into the largest trading partner of Germany in Southeast Asia; and the recent signing of cooperation documents on defense, energy transition, and labor.
They also highly valued bilateral collaboration in Covid-19 prevention and control.
|The talks between Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Hanoi on November 13. Photo: VNA|
PM Chinh thanked the German Government and people for their donation of Covid vaccine, which has helped Vietnam contain the pandemic, reopen borders, and recover the economy early. Meanwhile, Chancellor Scholz noted he was impressed with Vietnam’s recovery and dynamic economic development.
Regarding major directions and measures to comprehensively foster bilateral cooperation, the two sides agreed to increase the exchange of visits at all levels and through all channels such as the Parties, States, Governments, and parliaments while continuing to effectively carry out bilateral cooperation mechanisms.
They promised to encourage Vietnamese and German agencies and enterprises to continue fully and effectively implementing the EU - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).
Germany is currently the biggest trading partner of Vietnam in Europe. It ranks 18th among the 141 countries and territories and fourth among EU members investing in the Southeast Asian nation with 437 valid projects worth USD 2.34 billion at present, rising 2.87-fold from 2010.
Its projects concentrate on processing - manufacturing (52.1%) and energy (27.8%) industries.
PM Chinh proposed the German parliament to soon complete the ratification of the EU - Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA); encourage German businesses to make and expand investment in Vietnam, especially in the fields matching their strength such as digital transformation, renewable energy, and strategic infrastructure development; prompt the European Commission to remove its “yellow card” warning against Vietnamese aquatic products; and create favourable conditions for Vietnam’s agricultural and aquatic exports to the German market.
For his part, Chancellor Scholz noted the EVFTA is an important impulse for bilateral economic and trade links. He called on both countries to continue diversifying their economic relations and voiced his hope for the early ratification of the EVIPA.
He applauded Vietnam’s efforts to achieve a sustainable fishery sector, stressing that German enterprises are paying increasing attention to Vietnam, which boasts political stability and an optimal investment and business environment, especially in such areas as renewable energy, manufacturing industry, and infrastructure development.
Both host and guest agreed to expand the bilateral cooperation to other important spheres like science - technology, defense-security, health care - education, vocational training, and labor.
Vietnam and Germany will step up coordination to jointly address global challenges such as food security and climate change response, and work with the G7 nations so that the parties concerned will soon reach a consensus on a political declaration on the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) on the basis of guaranteeing harmonious interests, they said.
PM Chinh suggested the German Government to continue assisting and providing favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community to integrate successfully into the local society and contribute to Germany’s socio-economic development as well as the bilateral ties.
At the talks, the two leaders also discussed regional and international issues of common concern.
They affirmed that Vietnam and Germany will continue close coordination and mutual support at international forums and organizations, especially in promoting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s relations with Germany and the EU and strengthening bilateral cooperation within the framework of the Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the United Nations.
The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of ensuring peace, stability, security, safety, and freedom of navigation and overflight in the Bien Dong Sea, and peacefully resolving disputes in accordance with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Following the talks, the two leaders met with the press to inform them about the main outcomes of their talks.
|General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (R) receives German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Photo: VNA|
On the same day, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong received the German Chancellor, during which they discussed major orientations and measures to promote bilateral cooperation in all fields commensurate with the expectations and potential of both sides.
A business roundtable between Vietnam and Germany also was held in Hanoi on November 13 under the co-chair of the Vietnamese PM and the German Chancellor.
At the event, participating firms shared their development process and contributions to their respective countries’ economies. They also presented their demand regarding the Vietnamese and German markets.
After the business roundtable, Chancellor Scholz attended a banquet hosted by PM Chinh in honor of the German delegation.
In the dense schedule of visiting Vietnam on November 13, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and PM Pham Minh Chinh visited Ngoc Son Temple in the center of Hanoi.
|The German Chancellor visits Ngoc Son temple, a famous sacred and architecturally beautiful temple located on Jade Island within Hoan Kiem Lake of Hoan Kiem district. Source: Bundesregierung|
|German Chancellor Olaf Scholz presented with a calligraphy with the words: "Peace, friendship, and mutual development". Source: nld.com.vn|
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