The two had enjoyed close cooperation in all areas and the group would further strengthen their ties, he said at the inauguration ceremony of Taiwan and the German Parliamentary Friendship Association.
Taiwan enjoyed close relations with Germany, Taiwan’s largest trading partner in Europe, Tien said, adding that Taiwan and Germany shared common values of freedom and democracy.
In May, the German parliament passed a resolution in support of Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Then, in August, high-level talks were held between Economy Ministry officials.
Taiwan and Germany had signed over 10 agreements since 2016, he said, with a new aviation services agreement the most recent, inked last year.
“Hopefully, this will further strengthen our cooperation in terms of trade and people-to-people’s exchanges,’’ Tien said.
Germany sent naval frigate FGS Bayern to the Indo-Pacific for the first time in 20 years, he said.
Berlin also sent fighter jets to join the Rapid Pacific 2022 exercise for the first time since World War II, as part of its Indo-Pacific strategy.
“We believe the connection between Taiwan and Germany will further deepen,’’ Tien said.