- Vietnam and Germany established diplomatic relations in 1975.
(Alles Europa News English) – During Chancellor Merkel’s 2011 visit, the two sides signed a joint declaration establishing the Vietnam-Germany Strategic Partnership, creating a foundation for cooperation in many fields.
According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Scholz and his wife traveled to Vietnam (between 2014 and 2015), loving Vietnamese cuisine, including pho.
He often goes to Vietnamese restaurants in Hamburg to enjoy. In his inaugural remarks (12-2021) and at the G7 Summit (26-28-6-2022), Prime Minister Scholz mentioned Vietnam as an important and potential partner that Germany wants to strengthen cooperation with.
In the early afternoon of November 13, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz arrived at Noi Bai Airport, starting an official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
Prime Minister Olaf Scholz is scheduled to take place at the Presidential Palace at 3:45 p.m. today, Nov. 13.
After the welcome ceremony, the prime ministers of the two countries will hold talks and have an exchange with the press about the results of the visit.
Within the framework of the one-day visit, Prime Minister Olaf Scholz and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will attend a roundtable with Vietnamese and German businesses.
Also on November 13, Prime Minister Olaf Scholz will meet with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
This is the first visit to Vietnam by a German chancellor in 11 years, since Angela Merkel’s trip in October 2011. The visit also marks Scholz’s first visit to Vietnam as federal prime minister since taking office in December 2021.
The visit to Vietnam is part of Prime Minister Scholz’s series of trips to East Asia, which observers believe is intended to show Berlin’s interest in the Indo-Pacific region.
Germany is currently Europe’s No. 1 economy and has announced its own Indo-Pacific strategy.