|German State Secretary Markus Ederer meets with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa
HA NOI (VNS) — Germany would continue to provide official development assistance for Viet Nam with a focus on the fields of energy, the environment and vocational training in combination with sustainable development.
German State Secretary Markus Ederer made the comments at a meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Ha Noi yesterday.
At the meeting, both sides agreed to co-ordinate with each other to organise activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties next year.
Viet Nam welcomed Germany's plan to organise the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business in HCM City in November, and pledged to support its German partners.
Both men agreed to work closely at multilateral forums and international organisations.
Germany also vowed to help Viet Nam strengthen its comprehensive ties with the European Union and support the EU's recognition of Viet Nam's market economy, while completing negotiations for a free trade agreement between Viet Nam and the bloc.
Ederer voiced his support for Viet Nam's stance of solving disputes in the East Sea peacefully in respect of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and objections to unilateral acts that could complicate the East Sea situation. — VNS