Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son hold phone talks with German Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son held phone talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas on May 25, during which he affirmed that Viet Nam attaches importance to further promoting and deepening the strategic partnership with Germany.

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.

Điện đàm với Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao Đức Heiko Maas, Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao Bùi Thanh Sơn đề nghị Đức tạo điều kiện để Việt Nam tiếp cận nguồn vaccine Covid-19. (Ảnh: Tuấn Anh)

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son. (Photo: Tuấn Anh)

Agreeing on measures to enhance economic-trade-investment, science-technology, renewable energy, vocational training, and medical cooperation, the two vowed to soon build the Viet Nam - Germany strategic action plan for the 2022-2023 period, with a focus on the exchange of high-level visits, boosting dialogue mechanisms and collaboration.

Maas spoke highly of Viet Nam’s efforts to contain COVID-19 and the close cooperation between the two countries to address the crisis.

Son congratulated Germany on its important achievements in vaccine roll-out and pandemic control. He thanked the country and the EU for providing vaccines to Viet Nam via the COVAX facility.

He suggested Germany facilitate Viet 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 Viet 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 Viet Nam - EU cooperation, especially in stepping up the signing and ratification of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement. He also proposed the German Government and legislature accelerate the approval of the EU-Viet 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 Viet 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.

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