On November 13, 2022, during an official visit to Vietnam, at a meeting with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had a frank exchange with the person believed to have ordered the abduction of Mr. Trinh Xuan Thanh and taken him back to Vietnam from Berlin, he expressed his wish that the matter would be resolved quickly.
During the press conference of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on his visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on November 13, 2022 in Hanoi, in addition to urging the Vietnamese side to show a clear attitude about the war of aggression Russia’s strategy on Ukrainian territory, respect for human rights and many other issues, the German Chancellor answered a question regarding the incident that caused the “freeze” of diplomatic relations between the two countries for many years.
Question: Prime Minister, in 2017, Vietnamese citizen Thanh was kidnapped by the Vietnamese secret service in Tiergarten Berlin, just a stone’s throw from the Prime Minister’s Palace, taken out of the country and convicted here. Our colleagues who have researched this believe that the Communist Party General Secretary directly ordered this abduction. You spoke to this man today. Have you resolved that and talked to him about the issue?
Chancellor Scholz: “We have dealt with human rights issues and all cases – including this one – and expressed that we expect great progress here, especially on specific cases.”
Part of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s press conference in Hanoi on November 13, 2022 on his visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/suche/pressekonferenz-von-bundeskanzler-scholz-zum-besuch-des-bundeskanzlers-in-der-sozialistischen-republik-vietnam-am-13-november-2022-in-hanoi-2142532 )