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Gainesville hosts Sister City delegation from Duhok, Iraq

Press release from the City of Gainesville

City leaders from Duhok, capital of the Duhok Governorate located in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq, visit Gainesville this week. The delegation from Gainesville’s sister city will deliver a presentation about their municipality to the Gainesville City Commission at tomorrow’s General Policy Committee meeting.

When: 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14
Where: City Hall Auditorium

The cities forged a Sister City relationship in 2006, and officials from both cities renewed their partnership last March during an official ceremony via Zoom.

The Sister City partnership is designed to promote the exchange of ideas and foster collaboration between public and private sectors in both municipalities. The cities share a common interest in economic development, healthcare, sustainability, education, business, and the desire to promote mutual understanding among its citizens.

The Sister City Program, governed by Sister Cities International, was initiated in 1956 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower to encourage greater friendship and understanding between the U.S. and other nations.

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