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A milestone in German-Vietnamese relations

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013

The German House in Ho Chi Minh City is intended as a forum for German and Vietnamese people to meet and exchange views. The two countries have now concluded an intergovernmental agreement on planning and implementing the project. Foreign Minster Westerwelle has called the agreement a milestone in bilateral relations.

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“A milestone in relations to Viet Nam”

Commenting on the ceremony to sign the intergovernmental agreement on 13 March, Foreign Minister Westerwelle said, “The German House is an advert for Germany as a culturally attractive, economically strong and technologically advanced location in Europe. At the same time, it is an important sign of Germany’s and Europe’s committed involvement in the region of growth that is South-East Asia.”

Minister of State Cornelia Pieper signed the intergovernmental agreement on the planning, construction and operation of the German House in Ho Chi Minh City, as did the Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany, Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh. The signing ceremony was also attended by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Nguyen Sinh Hung, Chairman of the National Assembly of Viet Nam.

 

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In future, the German House in Ho Chi Minh City is to accommodate the German Consulate-General, German cultural organizations and representatives of German business under one roof and grow into a place where German and Vietnamese people come together and exchange views.

This new agreement is the second relating to the German House. The first intergovernmental agreement was signed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Viet Nam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi in October 2011. In it, Germany is granted the right to use a plot of land originally bought in 1960 for the construction of an Embassy.

Foreign Minister Westerwelle initiated the process of drawing up the Hanoi Declaration on the strategic partnership between Germany and Viet Nam in June 2011. Subsequently signed by Federal Chancellor Merkel in October 2011, the declaration provided the foundation for this most recent intergovernmental agreement.

 

Source: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Aussenpolitik/Laender/Aktuelle_Artikel/Vietnam/130313_Text_Unterzeichnung_Regierungsabkommen.html

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