City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Mayor of Turkish city of Antalya Menderes Tevfik Turel participated in a Sister City Agreement Signing Ceremony held at Miami City Hall.
The signing ceremony was attended by numerous Turkish and American community representatives, as well as Turkey's Consul General in Miami Özgür Altan.
The Mayor’s International Council has been working on this agreement with Antalya for about two years, Mr. Regalado said. Antalya is a popular Turkish resort city on the country’s southwestern coast. The mayor’s council was created in part to plan and implement the city’s international trade promotion policies to stimulate commercial and residential development and expand the city’s tax base through the promotion of foreign trade and local investment.
After the ceremony both mayors exchanged gifts and gave short speeches in which they congratulated everyone and expressed their happiness that the protocol was signed.
Miami is the favorite spot of Turkish people who buy houses in the U.S., according to recent statistics.
What is a Sister City?
According to Sister Cities International, the program was introduced at a White House conference by President Eisenhower in 1956. The idea is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A sister city, county, or state relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement.
A city may have any number of sister cities, with community involvement ranging from a half dozen to hundreds of volunteers. In addition to volunteers, sister city organizations may include representatives from nonprofits, municipal governments, the private sector, and other civic organizations.