The Saint Paul City Council passed a resolution July 16 offered by Council Member Dai Thao to formalize a Sister-City relationship with Djibouti City, capitol of Djibouti, a country on the Horn of Africa. Mayor Chris Coleman supported the resolution and participated in a ceremonial signing event later that day in the lower level of city hall.
“Formalizing our Sister-City relationship with Djibouti will strengthen our ties to one another because I believe we may have different histories, but we all share a common destiny,” said Council Member Thao. “Part of our destiny is sharing our cultures, our strengths, and our struggles, in order to thrive together in St. Paul. I am proud of our new Sister-City relationship.”
During the ceremony, Mayor Coleman signed a joint agreement with Djibouti Mayor Houssein Abdillahi Kayad outlining the new Sister-City relationship. “This resolution is important in underscoring the relationship between our two cities, and I appreciate Council Member Thao’s leadership on this initiative,” the mayor said.
—Information and photo provided by the office of Council Member Dai Thao.