Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung and State Secretary of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office Miguel Berger co-chaired the sixth meeting of the two countries’ strategic management group held in the form of videoconference on April 16.
Deputy Minister Dung informed about Vietnam’s diplomatic orientations and policy after the 13th National Party Congress and highly valued Germany’s important role and stature in Europe and the world as a whole.
He affirmed that Vietnam wishes to further intensify and develop the strategic partnership with Germany, which was established in 2011.
Congratulating Vietnam on the success of the 13th National Party Congress , Berger lauded the country’s efforts in the COVID-19 prevention and control, noting that Germany attaches importance to Vietnam’s role in the implementation of its policy guidelines for the Indo-Pacific region, adopted by the German Government in September 2020.
The two officials shared the view that despite impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnam-Germany strategic partnership has been growing strongly and effectively in various areas such as politics, economy, development cooperation, education – training, science – technology, and security – defence.
The cooperation contents under the countries’ strategic action plan for 2019 – 2022 are being carried out on schedule, including the establishment of a joint committee for economic cooperation, activities within the framework of the dialogue on law-governed states, security – defence cooperation, and the Vietnamese – German University.
They noted that in 2020, when both countries were non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Vietnam was Chair of ASEAN, and Germany was President of the European Union (EU) in the last half of the year, they coordinated closely to help upgrade the ASEAN – EU ties to a strategic partnership and promote security, peace, climate, and COVID-19 issues, thus helping to deal with global concerns.
To further strengthen the Vietnam – Germany strategic partnership, the two sides agreed to jointly build a strategic action plan for the next period, increase contact and mutual visits at all levels, and step up collaboration in priority fields like politics, diplomacy, security – defence, trade, investment, development cooperation, renewable energy, digitalisation, and vocational training.
They agreed to boost efforts to connect and assist the countries’ businesses to seek investment and business opportunities in each other’s markets and fully tap into chances generated by the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) to drive post-pandemic economic recovery.
Germany pledged support for Vietnam to enhance comprehensive cooperation with the EU, while pushing the ratification of the EU – Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) by the German parliament.
Meanwhile, Vietnam welcomed Germany’s initiatives to contribute to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the Asia-Pacific region and also showed support for the EU nation to strengthen relations with ASEAN.
The two sides agreed to keep close cooperation and mutual support at international organisations and forums, especially the UN, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the ASEAN-EU cooperation.
At the meeting, the officials also discussed international and regional issues of common interest.
Both voiced their concern over the recent complex developments in the East Sea, reiterating the support for the settlement of all disputes by peaceful means and on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
State Secretary Berger added that his country backs ASEAN’s efforts to bring into play the bloc’s centrality and contribute to regional peace, stability, and prosperity./.