11 Oct

Merkel says visit will help cement strategic partnership

Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that her visit to Viet Nam was a good opportunity for the two countries to discuss orientations to elevate their relationships to a strategic partnership.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel inspects the guard of honour in Ha Noi with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

During talks in the capital city yesterday, Dung and his guest focused their attention on measures to further promote bilateral co-operation, particularly in the fields of economics, trade, investment and education and training.

In the constructive spirit of mutual confidence and understanding, the two sides informed each other of the situation in their respective countries. They also discussed and reached consensus on the content of the Joint Statement on the establishment of the strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Germany as well as orientations and specific measures to ensure the partnership serves the mutual benefits of the two nations.

Merkel spoke highly of Viet Nam's achievements in socio-economic development, particularly in poverty alleviation and in reaching targets in the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) ahead of time.

The two sides agreed to support and facilitate conditions for the business communities of Viet Nam and Germany to promote their co-operation while also boosting investment in each other's countries.

They agreed on the establishment of a mechanism for a strategic dialogue on economics to accelerate trade and investment between the two countries. They also agreed to exchange experiences on the economic policy at the macro level while actively implementing co-operation projects on building a metro line and the construction of a German House in HCM City.

Merkel pledged to continue to give Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam in the years to come, with a focus on environmental protection, climate change adaptation, vocational training and healthcare.

She promised to provide more than US$400 million in development aid and preferential credits to development co-operation projects in Viet Nam.

"Germany will continue to support Viet Nam to build the Viet Nam – German University and turn it into a leading education institution in training and scientific research in Viet Nam and the region," she said.

She said her government would continue to grant more scholarships to Vietnamese students to go to Germany to study.

"Germany will continue to support Viet Nam to expand its comprehensive relationship and co-operation with the European Union and help Viet Nam to be recognised by the EU as a market economy and also help in the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Viet Nam," said Merkel.

The two sides praised the friendship role played by more than 100,000 Vietnamese people who live and work in Germany. Merkel reiterated her commitment to facilitate conditions for the Vietnamese community in Germany to integrate into the German community.

Both Dung and Merkel expressed their confidence that the strategic partnership would be implemented well in both scope and scale and in terms of stability and durability for the interest of the people of the two nations, for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Following the talks, the two leaders signed several documents, including the Ha Noi Joint Statement; the Viet Nam – Germany Strategic Partnership for the future; the agreement between the two governments of Viet Nam and Germany on legal matters towards the plot of land at 3-5 Le Van Huu Street, in Ha Noi; the HCM City – Agreement on the "German House" in Viet Nam; the Agreement between the Vietnamese and German governments on the financial co-operation in 2010; and the Letter of Intention between the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Justice of the German Federation among other matters.

Following the talks, the two leaders held a press conference informing reporters about the results of their talks. Later on, Dung hosted a banquet in honour of Merkel, who concludes her visit to Viet Nam today.

Meeting with top lawmaker

The Vietnamese National Assembly would always work to expand co-operation with Germany, said NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung to visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a separate meeting on the same day.

"The NA will try its utmost to elevate the strategic partnership between the two sides with a view to increasingly obtaining new achievements," Hung said.

He affirmed that the NA wanted and was willing to co-operate more closely with the German parliament in the interest of both peoples while creating favourable conditions for co-operation programmes between the two governments.

In reply, Chancellor Merkel said the German parliament wanted to strengthen co-operation with the Vietnamese National Assembly.

She said the German government had been interested in expanding co-operation programmes and investment in Viet Nam in every domain.

The establishment of bilateral strategic partnership relations in all aspects would create favourable conditions for co-operation between the two national assemblies, Merkel added.

The two leaders discussed the election and organisational structure of the NA, work on legislation and the organisation of NA meetings as well as the role and legal position of NA deputies in the two countries.

Joint statement

Viet Nam and Germany agreed to establish a strategic partnership and further strengthen co-operation in the time to come, particularly in key domains noted in a joint statement issued by the two sides in Ha Noi.

Under the statement, the two countries will continue to strengthen the exchange of high-ranking delegations. They will co-operate more closely to implement projects that were already agreed between the two sides while defining projects for the future.

To implement the statement, the two sides have set up a strategic management group co-chaired by a Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister and a State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office.

They agreed to strengthen co-operation in multilateral and international forums while declaring to take into consideration the start of a strategic exchange mechanism on experiences related to national defence and security policies that both of the two sides were interested in.

Germany backed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) route on forming the ASEAN community.

The two countries said the "German House" project in HCM City would be an important part in the bilateral strategic partnership.

They said they would continue holding dialogues and exchange views in a constructive manner on human rights bilaterally and multilaterally. Both sides applauded the significance of holding dialogue on the rules of law-governed states as well as methods to implement these rules.

Viet Nam and Germany declared their determination to strengthen co-operation in EU recognition of Viet Nam as a market economy. — VNS






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