San Antonio, Monterrey celebrate 60 years of being Sister Cities
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio city leaders welcomed the leaders of Monterrey, Mexico, on Thursday, to mark 60 years of being Sister Cities.
Mayor Julián Castro and Mayor Margarita Arellanes commemorated the significant anniversary at Port San Antonio headquarters.
The celebration took place just as the 57th Annual Sister Cities International Conference got underway in San Antonio.
Mayor Castro highlighted the advances and investments both cities have made in business, science, and population over the past 60 years.
"Still, the cultural ties between the cities remains strong. The commitment to foster our relationship to be part of the global marketplace, the understanding of each other, remains stronger than ever," said Mayor Castro.
San Antonio forged a relationship with Monterrey in 1953, which was three years before President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the U.S. sister city program as a citizen diplomacy initiative.
Mayor Castro joked San Antonio and Monterrey were "cool before Sister Cities were cool."
He was also joined by delegates from the Mexican cities of Guadalajara and Queretaro.
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