|Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (centre) and his wife meet Berlin’s Mayor Michael Muller in Berlin on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất |Viet Nam News
BERLIN — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc met Berlin’s Mayor Michael Muller in Berlin on Thursday as part of his ongoing official visit to Germany.
He spoke highly of the efforts Berliners have made in rebuilding their war-torn city and turning it into a modern metropolis today.
He said he seeks to deepen the strategic partnership between the two nations during the visit, and asked the Mayor to share experience in planning and developing new urban areas while preserving the cultural, historical and architectural values, and protecting the environment.
He called on the Berlin administration to provide support for the German-Vietnamese Bilingual Kindergarten project called “Bên gốc cây hạt dẻ” or “An der alten Kastanie” in Berlin, as well as for the Vietnamese people’s trade centres, Việt Nam’s investment projects in Germany, such as Đông Xuân centre, Viethaus and Vietinbank office in Berlin.
Michael Muller agreed with the Prime Minister’s suggestion on extending a co-operation model between Berlin’s Lichtenberg and Hà Nội’s Hoàn Kiếm District started in 2015 to other districts in the two capital cities.
The Berlin Mayor, who is also the Federal State’s Premier, pledged to continue helping the overseas Vietnamese community in Berlin integrate into the locality while preserving their identity.
Michael Muller praised the hardworking, studiousness and creativity of the Vietnamese expatriates in Berlin, pledging that he will consider Việt Nam’s suggestions.
Berlin is home to over 10,000 overseas Vietnamese people. — VNS