German Consul General Andreas Siegel at the ceremony to mark the 27th anniversary of Germany’s National Day. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Consulate General of Germany in Ho Chi Minh City on October 3 held a ceremony to mark the 27th anniversary of Germany’s National Day (October 3).

At the event, German Consul General Andreas Siegel stressed that Vietnam and Germany have seen development in cooperation in politics, economics, culture, science and education over the years.

Close collaboration will help both sides to enhance bilateral relations, economic relations and aid the two peoples in the future, he underscored.

On the occasion, Huynh Cach Mang, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that Ho Chi Minh City is proud to made contributions to Vietnam-Germany relations, which were elevated to a strategic partnership in 2011.

Over the years, the Vietnamese southern hub and German localities have bolstered delegation exchanges and enhanced cooperation in various fields, he stated, adding that Germany is the sixth largest trade partner overall and the biggest trade partner in the EU of Ho Chi Minh City. Two-way trade in 2016 reached 1.93 billion USD in 2016, he said.-VNA