Banquet hosted in honour of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

WVR/VNA - President Vo Van Thuong and Spouse hosted a banquet in honour of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Spouse at the Hanoi Opera House on January 23 evening.
Banquet hosted in honour of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Banquet hosted in honour of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier: President Vo Van Thuong (2nd from right), German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (3rd from right) and their spouses at the banquet. (Photo: VNA)

Speaking at the event, President Thuong said the visit to Vietnam by the German President in the first month of 2024 and ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) celebration fosters a sense of warm friendship and positive expectations for the future of bilateral relations.

The bilateral friendly cooperation, which dated back to the 1950s, has been continuously strengthened, consolidated and developed by many generations of leaders and people from both countries, he said, adding that since the establishment of bilateral strategic partnership in 2011, the two countries have seen steady progress in bilateral ties with significant milestones in various areas.

The President expressed his delight at the presence of outstanding individuals from the Vietnamese community in Germany accompanying the President. He believed that the nearly 200,000-strong Vietnamese community living in Germany, along with tens of thousands who have studied and worked there, many of whom are proficient in the German language, constitute an essential force to further enhance people-to-people exchanges, friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries.

In the upcoming journey, Vietnam hopes to further strengthen effective cooperation with Germany in traditional areas and expand collaboration in potential sectors such as energy transition, green growth, circular economy, labour cooperation, among others. The goal is to collectively address common challenges in the region and the world, in alignment with the spirit of their strategic partnership, he said.

For his part, the German President said that this is his third visit to Vietnam, with the previous times in 2008 and 2016, and that compared to eight years ago, Vietnam is in constant motion with a growing middle class and thriving economy. He said he believes that with the current pace of development, in the next eight years, there will be self-driving electric cars controlled by artificial intelligence in Vietnam.

Banquet hosted in honour of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Banquet hosted in honour of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier: The Presidents and their spouses present flower to artists at the art programme. (Photo: VNA)

The leader held that the thing that connects Vietnamese and German peoples is the shared history of the two countries. It is the foundation that has created diversity and depth in the bilateral friendship. He also mentioned flourishing trade and intensified investment, vibrant cultural, scientific, and social exchanges, and political cooperation between the two states and peoples.

Agreeing with his Vietnamese counterpart, President Steinmeier said the close ties between the two peoples, including the 200,000 Vietnamese people living and working in Germany and many who speak German, are an important foundation for the nations’ collaboration in politics, economy and culture.

He believed that the shared history of the two countries provides strength for a common future marked by flourishing trade and investment, skilled labour exchanges, cooperation in such global issues as climate protection, and the respect for international law, multilateralism, and peace.

After the banquet, the German President and his delegation were invited to enjoy an art programme presented by the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)