German vice chancellor to visit Vietnam

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Federal Minister of Economics and Technology and Vice Chancellor of Germany Philipp Rösler will pay an official visit to Vietnam next month, Vietnamnet reported Friday.

The newswire quoted Marko Walde, chief representative of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam, as saying Rösler, accompanied by a delegation of German businessmen, will visit Vietnam from September 17 to 19.

The Vietnamese-born German politician will meet with Vietnamese leaders and attend a Germany-Vietnam Economic Forum in Ho Chi Minh City scheduled on September 19.

On Wednesday, Rösler said he hoped his visit would strengthen the strategic partnership between Germany and Vietnam, Vietnam News Agency reported,

Vietnam is part of Germany's economic development strategy, he said while receiving Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh in Berlin.

While praising the Vietnamese community in Germany for their integration into German society, he said Vietnamese students achieved good academic results thanks to their family culture and their respect for learning.

He said he wished Vietnam would expand the teaching and learning of the German language in the country to create favorable conditions for the development of Germany-Vietnam ties.

Anh said she hoped Roesler's visit to Vietnam would contribute to further realizing Vietnam and Germany's strategic partnership.

Anh informed Rösler of the progress of German-sponsored projects in Vietnam and confirmed that Germany is Vietnam's largest trade partner in Europe.

She also expressed her hope that the German government would sponsor more projects as agreed in the Hanoi Core Statement and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Germany, presently over 125,000 people, making it easier for them to contribute to German socio-economic development.

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