|Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn spoke with his German counterpart Heiko Maas on Tuesday, pledging that Việt Nam attaches importance to further promoting and deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Both sides expressed their delight at the strong, comprehensive, and effective development of bilateral ties since the establishment of a strategic partnership a decade ago.
Agreeing on measures to enhance economic-trade-investment, science-technology, renewable energy, vocational training, and medical cooperation, the two ministers vowed to soon build the Việt Nam - Germany strategic action plan for the 2022-2023 period, focusing on the exchange of high-level visits, boosting dialogue mechanisms and collaboration.
Maas spoke highly of Việt Nam’s efforts to contain COVID-19 and the close cooperation between the two countries to address the crisis.
Sơn congratulated Germany on its important achievements in vaccine roll-out and pandemic control. He thanked the country and the EU for providing vaccines to Việt Nam via the COVAX facility.
He suggested Germany facilitate Việt Nam’s access to vaccines and vaccine production technology, as the latter is expanding its vaccination programme to achieve the dual goal of fighting the pandemic and restoring the economy.
The German minister hailed Việt Nam’s role and position in realising Germany’s policy guidelines for the Indo-Pacific to boost bilateral links in economy, trade-investment, sustainable development, and national defence-security.
The Vietnamese minister heralded Germany’s active and constructive role in the region and thanked it for actively supporting Việt Nam - EU cooperation, especially in stepping up the signing and ratification of the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement. He also proposed the German Government and legislature accelerate the approval of the EU-Việt Nam Investment Protection Agreement.
The two sides highly appreciated their close liaison and mutual support at multilateral forums, especially in 2020 when the two served as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Việt Nam undertook the role of ASEAN Chair and Germany was rotating President of the EU in the second half of the year.
On regional and global issues, they upheld compliance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the sake of peace and stability in the region and the world.
They spotlighted ASEAN’s central role and supported the promotion of dialogue and efforts to seek sustainable solutions for peace in Myanmar. —VNS