Leipzig of Germany establishes partnership with HCM City hinh anh 1Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, speaks at the meeting of the council of Leigzig city in Germany’s Sachsen state. (Photo: VNA)
Berlin (VNA) – The council of Leigzig city in Germany’s Sachsen state on July 21 approved the establishment of a partnership with Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, lifting their bilateral friendship to a new level. 

At the council’s meeting, Leipzig mayor Burkhard Jung reviewed the cooperation between the two cities since the two sides signed an MoU on establishing friendly ties in 2015.

At the end of 2018, Leipzig opened a representative office in Vietnam. It is so far the only German city with a rep. office in Vietnam.

The German city has worked with Vietnam and HCM City in particularly in many cooperative projects in a wide range of areas, from economics, culture, health care, education-training to energy, the environment and rare animal conservation, the mayor said.

He went on to say that the two sides have supported each other in the COVID-19 crisis through practical actions.

Addressing the council’s meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu said Leipzig’s decision to set up a partnership with HCM City marks a new step forward not only in the relationship between the two cities but also in the friendly ties between Vietnam and Germany, especially during a year when the two countries celebrate the 10th year of their strategic partnership.             

Recalling the traditional ties between Leipzig and Vietnam, the ambassador thanked the city authorities for creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in the city to integrate into the host society and contribute to the ties between the two countries.

Earlier the same time, Ambassador Vu and Defence Attache Nguyen Tuan Minh had a working session with the University Hospital Leipzig on the cooperation between the German hospital and Vietnam’s Military Hospital 175.

As part of his working trip, the ambassador also called at the Leipzig zoo to discuss the joint work between the zoo and Vietnamese partners, including the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park and a project to preserve primates in Cat Ba island./.