Washington D.C. and Ankara sign ‘sister-city’ agreement

The two mayors of Washington D.C. and Ankara signed an agreement during the Washington D.C. Turkish Festival for the two cities to become ‘sister cities’.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Mayor Melih Gokcek were both guests of honour at the festival organised by the American Turkish Association of Washington, DC (ATA-DC) and Gokcek said after the agreement had been made: “I have no doubt that tomorrow the relations between these two capitals, between Turkey and the United States, will be even greater.”

The agreement for the two cities to become sister cities will see more close ties develop between the two cities, two of the most important cities in Turkey and the United States. Turkey and the US have recently collaborated on many different projects and issues as both countries look to expand further and stimulate growth.

The Washington D.C. Turkish Festival had been named as the best festival of the year by the Washington City Paper. Also in attendance at the festival was the Turkish Ambassador to the United States, Namik Tan, and famous Turkish pop star Ferhat Gocer.

The theme for this years Turkish Festival was ‘Discover the Magic of Turkey in the Heart of Washington D.C.’ the festivals gives opportunity for thousands of people in Washington to enjoy Turkish food, Turkish coffee, and shopping in Turkish markets. The festival is a great success and offers attendees a chance to sample some of the rich and colourful history of Turkey up close and personal.


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