Our reporter learned from Hefei Municipal Foreign Affairs Office that its international friendship cities sent New Year greetings and best wishes to the people of Hefei on the eve of the year 2021.
Mayor Yury Shalabayev of Nizhni Novgorod in Russia said in a video that the two cities consolidated the indestructible and profound friendship under the difficult situation last year, and he sincerely wishes Hefei people good health and a happy New Year!
In a greeting card, Kurume Mayor Okubo Tsutomu and City Council Chairman Nagata Kazunobu wish Hefei people good health and good fortune and Hefei city prosperous in the coming new year.
Wolfgang Gnesert, mayor of Osnabruck, Germany, said: "I really appreciate the friendly cooperation between our two cities, and I sincerely wish all people of Hefei a happy and healthy year of 2021".
Chris Poutler, city council leader of Derby in the UK, and Her Tae-Jeong (Huh Tae-jung), mayor of Daejeon of the ROK, also sent New Year greetings and best wishes to Hefei people.
As of now, Hefei has established ties with 27 foreign cities in 15 countries since 1980 when it twinned Kurume in Japan, among which, 15 are categorized as international friendship cities and 17 are international friendly cooperative cities.