Montgomery County Celebrates Sister Cities Partnership (PHOTOS)

Montgomery County political leaders and members of the community celebrated the County’s Sister City partnerships at an event in Silver Spring on Thursday.

Montgomery County Executive Ike 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. Sister Cities Meeting

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.

Executive Ike Leggett, along with County officials from the Office of Community Partnerships gave remarks during the event and touched on the importance of diversity. One of the main highlights for the evening was an award presentation for former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Mari Carmen Aponte. Aponte received the Sister Cities Award for her contributions to the program during it’s early years.

Take a look at the pictures from the event below.

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Willie James Inman

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Willie James Inman is a Community Engagement Specialist and Multimedia Journalist at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach him on Twitter @imwilljames.


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