Several months ago, Mayor Byron Brown and Mayor Ozgen Keskin of Bursa, Turkey signed a Sister City agreement that created an international bond between these two distant places.
On November 9, the two mayors met once again to solidify this agreement by dedicating a friendship memorial given to the city of Buffalo by the city of Bursa. The memorial, which resembles the public fountains found in many Turkish cities, is located in Lafayette Square. After the dedication ceremony, Mayor Brown, Mayor Keskin and Mehmet Erdogdu of the Turkish Cultural Center of Buffalo met for a reception at City Hall, where participants enjoyed authentic Turkish cuisine and Turkish music from one of Bursa’s very own musical groups.
“I’m very happy to welcome Mayor Keskin to Buffalo and thank him and the citizens of Bursa for their generous gift to the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown. “As our newest Sister City, Bursa, Turkey joins a growing list of international cities who have established formal ties with Buffalo. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our friends in Bursa.”
Bursa, Turkey is now the thirteenth sister city to be added to Buffalo’s growing network. Other international cities include: Kanazawa, Japan; Lille, France; Drohobych, Ukraine; Dortmund, Germany; Torremaggiore, Italy; Tver, Russia; St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica; and Rzeszow, Poland.
Sister Cities International is a non-profit diplomatic network that aims to create bonds between U.S. cities and international communities with the ultimate goal of forging cultural and economic ties through reciprocal educational, cultural, municipal, business, professional and technical exchange programs. This allows for citizens of each city to increase their cultural awareness and help develop stronger communities.
To learn more about the Sister
Cities program, visit their website.