President Truong Tan Sang was warmly welcomed by Vietnamese and German children (Photo: VNA)
Berlin (VNA) – Major German newspapers covered the first State-level visit to Germany by Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang from November 24-26.

The Neues Deutschland (New Germany) on November 24 carried an article by Dieter D.Pries who highlighted the visit as a significant event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam-Germany diplomatic ties in 2015.

He said Germany evaluates Vietnam as one of the most dynamic and friendliest economies to foreign investors in Southeast Asia.

He also extolled Vietnam’s economic achievements over the past time, citing the rate of people living under the poverty line that reduced from over 40 percent to below 10 percent at present and the economic growth that is forecast to reach 6.5 percent in 2015.

The writer held that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) will be a driving force for Vietnam’s economy, with Germany remaining a key trade partner of the Southeast Asian country in the EU.

The two countries’ economic ties are also reflected clearly by the author, who referred to the Vietnam-Germany University and other bilateral cooperation plans as vivid demonstrations of the pragmatic development of the Vietnam-Germany strategic partnership.

The article quoted President Truong Tan Sang as saying that vocational training is expected to be one of the cooperation highlights between Vietnam and Germany in the coming time.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the author said the bilateral strategic partnership would become even deeper if Germany and the EU in general made more active contributions to the settlement of disputes via peaceful means.

Meanwhile, the Tagesspiegel newspaper on November 25 ran a story featuring the German side’s warm treatment to the Vietnamese State leader as well as its sentiments toward Vietnam – a leading partner of Germany in Southeast Asia.

The article cited German President Joachim Gauck as saying that Vietnam will continue to gain more achievements in the “doi moi” (renewal) process.

The German Presseportal, German press agency (DPA), and the Finanznachrichten also posted stories featuring the significant meaning of the visit.-VNA