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August 14, 2015
BOROUGH PRESIDENT SIGNS SISTER CITY AGREEMENT WITH ÜSKÜDAR DISTRICT OF ISTANBUL, MEETS WITH LOCAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS EFFORTS TO BATTLE TERRORISM AND RADICALIZATION
BROOKLYN, NY, August 14, 2015: On Wednesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams signed a sister city agreement between Brooklyn and the Üsküdar district of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, in a ceremony held in Nevmekan, a cultural center in Üsküdar’s Bağlarbaşı Cultural Complex. The establishment of this exchange, intended to further collaboration in cultural, economic, educational, and municipal affairs, has been a highlight of Borough President Adams’s five-day visit to Turkey, organized to help advance cultural exchange and transatlantic commerce with Brooklyn. The borough has a growing Turkish population, with significant populations in Brighton Beach, Midwood, and Sheepshead Bay. Borough President Adams spoke to the importance of growing ties between Brooklyn and Turkey as part of his global vision for the borough.
“I am honored to represent Brooklyn and its great diversity to the people of Turkey, and I appreciate this opportunity to have a visit of mutual benefit,” said Borough President Adams. “Brooklyn doesn’t have a MetroCard future with city-bounded limits; it has a passport future with a world of boundless potential in which we can grow and thrive together. I am pleased to help build greater bridges between our borough and Turkey, the bridge between Europe and Asia as well as a partner in growing international trade and fighting radical terrorism. This visit also underscores the deep importance of our own Turkish community and their contributions to our One Brooklyn family.”
In addition to the signing in Üsküdar, located on the Asian side of Istanbul, Borough President Adams’s trip to Turkey has incorporated a stay in Beşiktaş, a district on the European side of Istanbul which signed a sister city agreement with Brooklyn in 2005. Other destinations on his visit have included sites in the central Anatolian region of the country, including Kayseri, Nevşehir, Avanos, and Cappadocia. During the trip, he has met with local leaders, including Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş, to further ideas such as promoting Brooklyn tourism, growing relationships between young people of different cultures through digital platforms, as well as battling terrorism and radicalization.
Last year, Borough President Adams signed a sister city agreement in Brooklyn with the Sabail district of Baku, Azerbaijan, as well as sister city agreements with Yiwu and the Chaoyang district of Beijing during a visit to China. It is his intent to continue exploring other potential global partners that could become sister cities to Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, along with Üsküdar Mayor Hilmi Türkmen, signs a sister city agreement between Brooklyn and the Üsküdar district of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, in a ceremony held in Nevmekan, a cultural center in Üsküdar’s Bağlarbaşı Cultural Complex.
Photo Credit: Üsküdar Municipality
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