County Executive Ike Leggett along with County officials from the Office of Community Partnerships and members of the community celebrated the County’s Sister City partnerships at their annual meeting held on March 24.
Leggett established the Sister City program in 2006 to foster connections between Montgomery County and the world. The event presented an opportunity for members of the community to try out different types of food and culture from all four sister city countries.
The County has sister city connections with Xi’an, China, Morazan, El Salvador, Gondar Ethiopia and Hyderabad, India. In previous years, delegations from Montgomery County have visited each sister city but the main goal of the program is to foster people to people connections between local residents.
As a highlight of the evening U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Mari Carmen Aponte received the Sister Cities Award for her contributions to the program during its early years.