John P. McDonough, Secretary of State    

Welcome to the International Division

Anna Yankova, Director International Affairs


Mission Statement: The International Division for Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State will foster global awareness and increase the level and consistency of open dialogue and exchange between Maryland's citizens and institutions and their international counterparts.

Maryland and Anhui, China Celebrate 30 Years of Friendship: Secretary of State
John P. McDonough, center, visited Anhui Province China in early September 2010 to honor the 30th anniversary of the Sister State partnership between the regions. Secretary McDonough met with
Anhui Deputy Governor Hua Jianhui. The Secretary was accompanied on the business and trade
mission by representatives from 20 small and medium size Maryland companies.

The International Division focuses its attention on two special areas:

  • The award-winning Maryland Sister States Program. Chaired by the Secretary of State, steered by a devoted and spirited Advisory Board of Directors, and staffed by an army of citizen volunteers, the Sister States Program was established in 1980 to provide a forum for the promotion of international cooperation and understanding. Learn more about each of our ten relationships by clicking on the links to the right. If you would like more information regarding the benefits of the Sister States Program, please click here.

  • The Governor’s Subcabinet on International Affairs. Details about its mission and functions can be found by selecting the "About Us" button above. For more information about each agency in the Subcabinet, select a state agency from the drop down menu below.

  • For more information on any of these International activities, please contact Anna Yankova, Director of International Affairs at 410-260-3865 or ayankova@sos.state.md.us 

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    Agencies that comprise the Subcabinet on International Affairs

    Maps of the Sister States

    Memorandums of Understanding - pdf file


    For our Subcabinet on International Affairs members and perspective international guests:

  • The International Mission Briefing is to be completed by state agency representatives who are coordinating official state visits overseas for their agencies. Please send the completed form to Ms. Anna Yankova, Director of International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of State.
    click here for form

  • The International Delegation Request for meeting with State of Maryland form is to be completed by representatives of foreign delegations and returned to the appropriate representative of the state agency with which the delegation is requesting a meeting. It is suggested that the state agency representative answer in writing exactly what the agency can provide. click here for form

MD Sister States


Leningrad Region, click for more information about this Sister State

  Russia

Lodz Region, click for more information about this Sister State

  Poland

State of Jalisco, click for more information about this Sister State

  Mexico

State of Rio de Janeiro, click for more information about this Sister State

  Brazil

Anhui Province, click for more information about this Sister State

  China

Kanagawa Prefecture, click for more information about this Sister State

  Japan

Walloon Region, click for more information about this Sister State

  Belgium*

Gyeongsangnam Province, click for more information about this Sister State

  S. Korea

Liberia, Bong County and Maryland County click for more information about this Sister State

  Liberia

Nord-Pas de Calais, this Sister State is inactive.  Click for some information about this Sister State

  France*

Harju County, click for more information about this Sister State

  Estonia

Cork County, click for more information about this Sister State

  Ireland

Cross Rivers State, click for more information about this Sister State

  Nigeria


* Emeritus status


The Maryland Sister States Program is the conduit for Maryland’s ten official sister state relationships established with states, regions or provinces in various countries around the world. The program oversees an array of international exchanges, promoting a balance of business, educational and cultural interests. To view the location of each Sister State on our world map, please click here.

click here to be taken to the Sister Cities International website