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After meeting with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Khiem, Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle called for relations to be expanded towards a strategic partnership.

09.06.2011 - Press release

Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle met today (9 June) with Pham Gia Khiem, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Viet Nam, for an exchange of opinions.

After the talks Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had the following to say today (9 June ) in Berlin:

“We want to expand our cooperation with Viet Nam into a comprehensive strategic partnership. We will further strengthen our political, economic, social, and cultural relations and intensify the German-Vietnamese dialogue on rule of law.

A further topic of the talks was the necessity of reforming the United Nations. Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle issued the following statement concerning this today (9 June):

“Reform for the United Nations is important to the German Government. Viet Nam’s support for our proposals for reforming the Security Council of the United Nations is very helpful.”

Federal Foreign Minister Westerwelle visited Viet Nam from 3 to 5 June for political talks. Both ministers agreed that the visit had injected fresh ideas into bilateral relations. During the visit, among other things, one loan agreement totalling 212 million euro to finance the construction of a new subway line in Ho Chi Minh City and another totalling 10 million euro for promoting dual vocational training in Viet Nam were signed. To further strengthen Germany’s economic, political, and cultural presence in Viet Nam, there are, among other things, plans to open a “German House” in Ho Chi Minh City. Germany is Viet Nam’s most important trading partner in Europe.

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