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Promoting in-depth and substantive Viet Nam-Germany Strategic Partnership
26/2/2016 15:20' Send Print
Vietnamese and German children welcome Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and President of Germany Joachim Gauck. Photo: VNA

German leaders highly valued the visit as a historical landmark, opening a new phase of cooperation in a new promising stage of bilateral relations. The President was given highest-level welcoming ceremony for State-level visit by German leaders.

At the talks, the two sides identified direction and specific measures to promote the Viet Nam-Germany Strategic Partnership in the future, especially on trade, investment, science-technology and education and training. Many opportunities for cooperation between the business communities of the two countries were established in Viet Nam-Germany Business Forum organized in Frankfurt, creating a new momentum for bilateral trade. The visit strengthened political trust between the two senior leaders.

The meetings of the President took place in an atmosphere of openness and trust, showing many similarities and strong consensus on strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation in regional and international issues of mutual concern. At the same time, the visit also generated strong push to promote trade relations, investment, a pillar of the Strategic Partnership.

On this occasion, the two sides expanded cooperation in important fields of education and training, science-technology and labor. Leaders of the two countries agreed to continue efforts to develop the Viet Nam–Germany University into a leading research and training centre in Viet Nam, meeting international standards. They will also facilitate the teaching of German and Vietnamese in the respective countries, and strengthen cooperation in the field of vocational training, including a study on the construction of high-quality vocational training centres in Viet Nam after the German vocational training models. Given its competitive edge of abundant, young and dynamic labor force, Viet Nam can support human resources for jobs that Germany needs. Viet Nam requested Germany to expand labor cooperation in future.

The activities of President Truong Tan Sang during the visit also represent a proactive and active role, and responsibility of Viet Nam in the international community. German politicians and scholars highly appreciated the discussions with President Truong Tan Sang at the Koerber Institute where the President shared views, and comments on the world and regional situation, ASEAN's role in the regional architecture which is taking shape and Viet Nam’s desire for an Asia-Pacific region of peace, stability, cooperation and development. The President affirmed that maintaining peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea is a common concern and interests of countries in the region and beyond thus countries should strive for and demonstrate responsibility in the implementation of this common goal.

A significant highlight of the visit is the cordial and moving encounters between President Truong Tan Sang with German friends and the Vietnamese community in Germany, reflecting the policy of national unity and gratitude to German friends of Viet Nam, who have shown their friendship and support to Viet Nam in the struggle for national independence in the past, as well as in the cause of socio-economic development today.

The long-term relationship between Viet Nam and Germany is built on the bond and cultural understanding between the two peoples. The Vietnamese community living in Germany have been very dynamic, and integrated well in the German society, making contribution to the development of Germany while turning their hearts to Viet Nam and preserving national and cultural identity. This is a valuable asset of the two countries, bridging and facilitating relations in all fields.

During the visit, ministries and enterprises of the two sides signed six cooperation documents: including an agreement on allowing relatives of members of diplomatic representative agencies to hold paid jobs in the other country, a governmental agreement on science-technology cooperation, a protocol revising and supplementing terms of the 1994 aviation transport agreement, an MoU on forestry cooperation, an MoU on regular dialogues between the Viet Nam Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the German Business Association and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Viet Nam; and a technical service contract on maintaining A320 aircraft engines between Vietjet Air and Lufthansa Group.

The State-level visit to Germany by President Truong Tan Sang and a high-level delegation of the State of Viet Nam helped deepen the substantive Viet Nam-Germany Strategic Partnership.

Synthesized by Thuy Linh