A ceremony to mark the 24th Unification Day of Germany (October 3) took place in Ho Chi Minh City on October 2, hearing hopes for bolstering multifaceted links between the two sides in the future.

Nguyen Huu Thien, Chairman of the Vietnam-Germany Friendship Association’s HCM City chapter shared his joy at progress made in effective cooperation between the two countries, which was further promoted through maintaining the mutual exchange of all-level visits and meetings.

He noted that the relationship between the city and German localities has seen remarkable advances in many fields.

The launch of the HCM City-Frankfurt direct air route since 2005 along with strong political commitments of the two governments contributed to boost trade cooperation between the city and German partners, he affirmed.

Germany is one of HCM City’s key markets for promoting trade and investment.

About 70 German-invested projects worth 173 million USD currently operating in HCM City – Vietnam’s largest economic hub, including the Metro No. 2 and the German House, showed the two nations’ growing ties.

Speaking at the event, German Consul General in HCM City Hans-Dieter Stell underlined the two countries’ increasing friendship, saying that the elevation of the bilateral relations to a strategic partnership helped strengthen future cooperation and solidarity between Germany and Vietnam.

A series of activities scheduled for 2015 towards the 40th anniversary of Germany-Vietnam diplomatic ties would contribute to further fostering the all-around relations, he added.-VNA