Vietnam, Germany sign pact on strengthening EU ties

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Vietnam and Germany have signed a cooperation and partnership agreement that will tighten ties between the Europe Union and Vietnam, the German Embassy said in a statement.

The agreement was signed under the auspices of the EU's General Affairs Council's meeting on Monday in Brussels.

Werner Hoyer, the Minister of State at the German Foreign Office, said at the signing ceremony that the agreement will be a firm basis for the countries' development in the future, considering that Vietnam is one of the countries with active growth rates in the Southeast Asian region, and an important partner not only of Germany but the whole of EU as well.

It will also help facilitate the negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and EU, Hoyer said.

The agreement will help strengthen the political relationship between ASEAN and EU as well, he added.

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