German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is scheduled to pay an official visit to Vietnam on November 13 and 14 at the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This is the first visit to Vietnam by a German Chancellor in 11 years, since Angela Merkel's visit in October 2011.
It will also mark Scholz's first visit to Vietnam after taking office in December 2021.
According to the announcement of the German Chancellor, Scholz is expected to meet with leaders of the Vietnamese Party and government during his stay in Hanoi.
The German leader will leave Vietnam for Singapore on November 14.
The visit to Vietnam is part of Chancellor Scholz’s trip to East Asia, which is believed to show Berlin's interest in the Indo-Pacific region.
Germany is now Europe's leading economy and recently announced its own Indo-Pacific strategy.
Vietnam and Germany established diplomatic relations in 1975.
During Chancellor Merkel's visit to Vietnam in 2011, the two sides signed a joint statement to establish the strategic partnership, creating a foundation for cooperation in many fields.
According to the German Embassy in Hanoi, about 125,000 Vietnamese and Vietnamese German are living in Germany.
In Vietnam, approximately 100,000 people can speak German.
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