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Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh visits DPRK and Germany

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has paid working visits to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Germany to enhance cooperation between Vietnam and the two countries.
Vietnam supports dialogues to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

During his official visit to the DPRK from February 12-14, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh held talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Ri Su Yong, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party and head of its International Department.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh asserted Vietnam’s consistent stance on supporting dialogues in order to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, as well as its willingness to actively contribute to the process.

The DPRK Foreign Minister thanked Vietnam for its stance and efforts in promoting the dialogue progress for peace, security, cooperation and development on the Korean Peninsula.



Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (middle) arrives at  Pyongyang International Airport,
starting his official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Photo: Yonhap/VNA



The talks between Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Pyongyang. Photo: Yonhap/VNA



The Vietnamese leader and Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party
and head of its International Department Ri Su Yong. Photo: VNA



Talks are held between Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh and Vice Chairman of the Central Committee
of the Workers’ Party and head of its International Department Ri Su Yong. Photo: VNA

During his talks with Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party and head of its International Department Ri Su Yong, the Vietnamese leader affirmed that based on the consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, diversification and multilateralization of international relations, being friend and reliable partner and responsible member of the international community, the Party, Government and people of Vietnam want to maintain and promote the traditional friendship with the DPRK’s counterparts.

He congratulated the DPRK people on achievements that they have gained during the cause of national construction and development. He took the occasion to invite the DPRK leader to visit Vietnam to enhance the exchange and partnership between the two parties.

For his part, the Korean leader emphasized the Workers’ Party and Government’s standpoint of treasuring the traditional friendship between the two countries as well as determination to promote the bilateral ties, which was founded and nurtured by President Kim Il-sung and President Ho Chi Minh, considering it as a valuable asset that need to be preserved and upheld.


Vietnam-Germany strategic partnership tightened 

During his working visit to Germany from February 20-21, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh had a meeting with Vice President of the German Bundestag (Parliament) Hans-Peter Friedrich in Berlin.

At this meeting, the Vietnamese leader affirmed that Vietnam always treasures its strategic partnership with Germany - a leading partner of Vietnam in Europe.

The two officials highlighted the importance of the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and agreed to prompt the EU to soon sign and approve the deal for the interest of the business communities of both nations.  They also shared the important role of multilateral mechanisms and respect for international law in maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world as well.



 Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh holds talks
with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Photo: Pham Thang/VNA



The two officials highlighted the importance of the European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)
and agreed to prompt the EU to sign it soon. 
Photo: Pham Thang/VNA


 Documents on Vietnam-Germany relations are displayed at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin.
Photo: Pham Thang/VNA



He also visits the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany. Photo: Pham Thang/VNA


He has a working session with the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany. Photo: Pham Thang/VNA

During his stay in Germany, the Vietnamese leader also had a working session with German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier.

At this working session, he lauded Germany as the top trade partner of Vietnam in the European Union and welcomed German investors to Vietnam. He highlighted huge potential of German investment in Vietnam, compared to 1.97 billion US dollars at present.

The Vietnamese leader thanked the German government for providing Vietnam with ODA over the past years, affirming that Germany’s ODA-funded projects have made important contributions to Vietnam’s socio-economic development.

The Vietnamese official also sought the European country’s assistance in vocational training, climate change adaptation, garbage treatment and projects in service of the fourth industrial revolution.

The German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy expressed high appreciation for potential of bilateral economic, trade and investment ties, Vietnam’s position in regional and global economic connectivity. He vowed to work with Vietnam on ODA-funded projects to meet the two nations’ development demand.

 
By VNA/VNP
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