The Secretary of State hosted a gathering in Annapolis on June 7 to participate in the live-streamed event known as, “50 Years, 50 States, 2 Capitals” which celebrated the State of Israel’s recapture of the Eastern part of Jerusalem and the reunification of the city, Israel’s capital, under Israeli rule. The reunification of Jerusalem led to the reopening of the city to people of all faiths: Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
We were joined in Annapolis by members of the Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee, an organization committed to broadening ties between the citizens of Maryland and the citizens of Israel. Together we watched speakers in the two countries capitals, Jerusalem and Washington, deliver warm remarks commemorating the occasion and illustrating the commitment our two great nations have for each other.
I join representatives from across all 50 States in congratulating Israel on the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.
The Maryland Sister States Program, a program in the International Division of the Office of the Secretary of State, was established to provide a forum for the promotion of international cooperation and understanding. Through broad-based citizen participation in a wide variety of exchanges in areas of mutual interest, the Sister States Program offers countless opportunities to develop partnerships around the world. The Maryland Sister States Program was established in 1980 and currently includes 19 relationships in 17 countries.
The Maryland Sister States Program partners with the Sister States of Maryland, Inc., a private, not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of Maryland. The Maryland Sister States Program relies on the Sister States of Maryland, Inc.’s extensive network of representative volunteer committees for development of the Maryland’s Sister State relationships. Together with the Sister States of Maryland, Inc., the Maryland Sister States Program draws upon the expertise and experience of individuals from institutions, businesses, and organizations across Maryland to support these important subnational partnerships. When added to their overseas counterparts, these committees form a powerful network both at home and abroad for fostering public/private cross-fertilization and social and economic growth.
Sister States relationships are significant in an age in which state and regional governments have an increasingly greater role in events. By giving access to policy makers, the people-to-people contacts of the Sister States Program add a human dimension to governmental interaction. They help to create a friendly and receptive climate for developing multi-faceted ties in today’s closely integrated but highly competitive environment.
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