President Vo Van Thuong invites German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to step on the podium while military bands play the national anthems of both nations.

Vietnam and Germany first established diplomatic relations in 1975. The two countries lifted ties to strategic partnership in 2011. Germany is Vietnam’s biggest trade partner in Europe, and more than 350 German businesses are operating in Vietnam. As of May 2023, Germany had 444 valid projects worth over US$2.36 billion, ranking fourth from a total of 24 European countries investing in Vietnam.

The two leaders inspect the guard of honour.

This is the first foreign visit of the German President in 2024 and the first high-level delegation exchange between the two countries this year – a pivotal year towards the 50th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2025.

The two leaders hold talks immediately after the welcome ceremony.

During two-day visit, German President is scheduled to meet with  Vietnamese top leaders to discuss a score of measures to boost bilateral cooperation in a multitude of fields. He is also set to visit several German projects in Ho Chi Minh City and its surrounding areas.