Germany ready to assist in drought: Hückmann

25 Jul 2013 12:40
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – The German Ambassador to Namibia on Thursday pledged his country’s readiness to assist Namibia during the ongoing drought.
In remarks before a closed-door meeting with President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House, Ambassador Onno Hückmann expressed sincere sympathy on the drought which hit Namibia earlier this year.
“First of all, may I convey to Your Excellency, the sincere sympathy of the German Government and German people to the Namibian people who suffered and lost their family members and friends due to the tragic drought that hit Namibia. We are shocked by the news of the terrible tragedy,” he said.
Speaking to members of the media after the meeting, Hückmann pointed out that his government is ready to assist the Namibian Government.
“I cannot say what my country can assist with, because I have to discuss it with the Namibian authorities first,” he said.
Asked about the meeting with Pohamba, the diplomat said they discussed bilateral issues in many fields such as political, economic, cultural, educational, tourism and development.
Hückmann, who took over the German Ambassador post in October last year, said he is very delighted to spend the next few years here, in wonderful Namibia with its 'warm-hearted' people.
“Namibia’s magnificent sceneries and charm of its people always receive special attention from German people,” he concluded.
Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Attorney-General Albert Kawana were also in attendance.