(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On Thursday, December 12, 2013, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Mayor Ignazio Marino met and signed the reaffirmation of the Sister City agreement between the city of Rome, Italy and the District of Columbia. This agreement will build upon previous government to government exchanges while placing a new focus on youth and educational exchanges, as well as on social media outreach and other forms of electronic communication. Emphasis will be placed on promoting tourism, economic development, and the continuation of art and cultural exchanges. This agreement will be in force for a period of five years.
“I’m delighted that the District of Columbia and the city of Rome have once again reaffirmed our friendship and commitment to improving the lives of our residents,” noted Mayor Gray. “These types of agreements are important in building the international ties that strengthen civil society and goodwill between nations. I look forward to our joint efforts and thank the Mayor of Rome for visiting our great city.”
“I am very pleased to renew this agreement that is part of a campaign to relaunch the image of Rome in the world”, said Mayor Marino. “Rome is a World Heritage Site: it has been and continues to be a source of inspiration for artists all over the world, the set of many masterpieces of Italian and foreign cinema. This is why we want to protect and enhance its beauty, wealth, traditions and legacy. In this context, the agreement with Washington is an excellent opportunity for Rome to continue sharing its culture and innovation in particular to younger generations.”
“At a time in which we celebrate the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, renewing the Sister City Agreement between Washington, D.C. and Rome represents another important achievement in the extraordinary cooperation between our two countries,” stated Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero.