Many activities will be organized in 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Germany diplomatic ties, the German Embassy in Vietnam announced at a press conference in Hanoi on Wednesday.
A series of cultural activities to celebrate the two countries’ 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties will be held by the Goethe Institute, in which the German Film Festival, which takes place in September, is said to be one of the highlight events.
Another special celebration will be a German Festival slated for March 28. It will include musical, cultural and culinary activities, exchange and presentation sessions that offer visitors a better understanding of Germany.
The event will welcome German Parliamentarian Norbert Lammert as a guest of honor as well as see a performance by German music band Raggabund, which visited Ho Chi Minh City in 2013.
Regarding political activities, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also visit Vietnam in March this year to foster the bilateral relations.
In 2015, Germany will continue to support Vietnam in developing key fields including vocational training, environmental protection and green growth strategies. Further negotiations between the two countries will continue in May.
There are as many as 120,000 Vietnamese people currently living in Germany and more than 4,600 Vietnamese students studying in German universities, the German Embassy in Vietnam said at the press conference, adding that more than 8,000 students are learning German in Vietnam.
Vietnam and Germany established diplomatic relations on September 23, 1975.