Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi, (VNA) – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Nguyen Quoc Dung held talks with Minister
of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Niels Annen on March
19 at the proposal of the German side.
During the talks, the German official congratulated
Vietnam on its success as Chair of ASEAN in 2020 and appreciated the close
coordination between Vietnam in its capacity as Chair of ASEAN, and Germany as Presidency
of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020. He said the
coordination contributed to important results in the ASEAN-EU partnership in
general and ASEAN-Germany partnership in particular, including the elevation of
ASEAN-EU ties to a strategic partnership.
Annen also took note of the good development of bilateral relations
across the fields, and affirmed Germany’s policy on attaching importance to and
strengthening Germany’s presence in and cooperation with the Southeast Asian
region, in which Vietnam continues to be a high priority.
Minister Dung affirmed that Vietnam treasures the cooperative relations with
Germany and values the support and coordination that Germany provided for
Vietnam in 2020 in the framework of ASEAN and the UN Security Council.
Vietnamese official welcomed Germany’s stronger cooperation with ASEAN and
regional countries, as well as its support for the ASEAN in building the ASEAN
Community and responding to emerging challenges.
the situation in Myanmar, the German Minister of State said Germany pays close
attention to and is concerned about the instability and escalating violence in
the country. He noted that Germany supports ASEAN’s efforts in this regard and
expects the bloc to continue playing its role in helping with dialogue and the
search for a solution.
Minister Dung shared the concern about the developments in Myanmar and informed
the Germany side that Vietnam is working actively with other ASEAN countries to
help find a solution, while calling for restraint, dialogue and reconciliation
so as to bring the situation in Myanmar back to normal for the interests of
Myanmar people as well as for the sake of peace, stability and development in