Fourteen delegates just returned from a 12-day diplomatic mission to Russia where they met with officials and local citizens to promote Fort Worth.
The delegation consisted of representatives from business, education and financial sectors, as well as representatives from the national Sister Cities International office in Washington, D.C. The delegation visited Moscow, Kolomna, St. Petersburg, Pushkin and Maryino.
Meetings were held with U.S. Embassy representatives in Moscow, Russian media experts and local entrepreneurs and students. The highlight of the trip was a meeting with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev where delegates discussed the need for U.S. and Russian citizens to connect on a personal level.
The meeting with Gorbachev came on the 30th anniversary of the symbolic end to the Cold War when President Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev walked across Red Square and shook hands.
“President Gorbachev stated that the voice of the civil society must be heard in order to bring about understanding between our two countries,” said Mae Ferguson, president and CEO of Fort Worth Sister Cities.
Other missions to connect Fort Worth internationally are planned this year to Hungary and to the Czech Republic. To learn more, contact Danielle McCown at 817-632-7100.