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Sister Cities International's Inaugural Gala Brings Together Ambassadors, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders in Washington, DC on January 17

WASHINGTON, DC (January 11, 2017) – On January 17, Ambassadors, diplomats, municipal officials, and community leaders will join Sister Cities International (SCI) at the 2017 Inaugural Gala in Washington, DC. Since SCI’s founding in 1956, Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama have served as its Honorary Chairman. SCI’s President and CEO Mary D. Kane said, “We are delighted to celebrate this tradition of Presidential support as well as showcase the important role of people-to-people citizen diplomacy in furthering peace and prosperity on a global scale at our Inaugural Gala.” The Gala’s co-sponsors are the Embassy of Slovenia, birthplace of incoming First Lady Melania Trump, and the International...view


Ambassador D. Bruce Wharton Presents Inaugural Citizen Diplomacy Award to Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International, Inc.

WASHINGTON, DC (January 9, 2017) – Ambassador D. Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs,  will present the Bureau of Public Affair’s first annual Citizen Diplomacy Award at a ceremony to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, at the U.S. Department of State. The Citizen Diplomacy Award was created in recognition of American citizens and organizations engaged in international work that furthers U.S. foreign policy objectives and strengthens important relationships around the globe. Sister Cities International congratulates one of its members, Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International, Inc. (GFLSCI), on receiving the inaugural Citizen Diplomacy Award. For over 55 years GFLSCI has encouraged its local...view

Group photo of visiting folk performers and members of HKSCA

Celebrating Rich and Vibrant Pakistani Culture through Folk Music

Blog contributed by Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, President, Houston-Karachi Sister City Association. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. A “Celebration of Rich and Vibrant Pakistani Culture through Folk Music” event and welcome reception featuring newly appointed Consul General of Pakistan Honorable Aisha Farooqui was organized by Houston Karachi Sister City Association (HKSCA) in collaboration with the Consulate General of Pakistan and Sister Cities of Houston in September 2016. It was supported by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Trade & International Affairs. Speaking on the occasion was the newly appointed Consulate General of Pakistan, Ms. Aisha Farooqui. She said she admires the way folk singers have promoted Pakistani culture and heritage — these...view

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