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Abu Dhabi, Houston to sign 'Sister City' pact

posted on 24/10/2002: 3320 views


Abu Dhabi and the American city of Houston will sign on Saturday a twinning agreement. The "Sister City" agreement will be signed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department and Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown.



Mayor Brown's schedule includes the formal signing of airport and port cooperative agreements with Dubai. On a visit to the country in response to an invitation by Sheikh Butti and Saeed Saif Jabr Al Swaidi, President of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mayor Brown will lead a delegation of more than 30 business and industry representatives to the United Arab Emirates from October 25 to 28, as part of his Gulf tour including Saudi Arabia and Qatar.



He will be accompanied by Houston Port Commissioner Kase Lawal, US Small Businesses Administration International Trade officer Najla Tannous, and Bilateral Arab-US Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Aida Araisi-Christine, among others.



Mayor Brown and members of the Houston delegation expected to sign several cooperative agreements with Middle Eastern counterparts during the trip, according to a Press release issued by the American Embassy in Abu Dhabi.



The delegation will meet with various government officials, including Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, President of the Crown Prince's Court and Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. They will hold talks with Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, Minister of Health, ADNOC CEO Yousuf Omair bin Yousuf, and Qassim Sultan, Chairman of Dubai Municipality. (The Khaleej Times)

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