At the “Yalta – the Territory of Friendship” session, the authorities of Crimea’s Yalta and Syria’s Latakia will sign an agreement on establishing twin-city relations, and opening of the China Cultural and Information Centre at the Yalta branch of the Crimean Federal University (CFU) will be announced.
“Yalta – the Territory of Friendship” session, organized by Business and Cultural Centre of the Republic of Crimea, is dedicated to the 180th anniversary of the city hosting the Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF). The offsite session is due to take place at 11 a.m on 19 April at the Yalta Chekhov Theatre.
“Yalta maintains twin city and partner relations with more than 30 cities round the world, and this session will be attended by the representatives of Yalta’s twin cities participating in the Forum. The aim of the session is to present Yalta as a long-standing centre of international cooperation”, Yaroslav Ivanchenko, head of the Business and Cultural Centre of the Republic of Crimea, said.
During the session, an agreement on establishing twin-city relations between Yalta and Syria’s Latakia, the country’s major Mediterranean port, will be signed. The session organizer pointed out that the instrument would be signed by the authorities of the Syrian and Crimean cities.
Ivanchenko also reported that a presentation of China Cultural and Information Centre at the Yalta branch of the Crimean Federal University (CFU) would take place before the start of the session, at 10 a.m. The Forum guests and Chinese students studying at CFU will be invited to the ceremony. A guided tour of the peninsula’s Southern coast will be organized for the session participants.
The Centre’s head believes that Yalta, where the legendary Crimean (Yalta) Conference that laid the foundations of the post-war world order, took place in 1945, is both entitled and obliged to be open to international relations.
The session is being organized jointly with Yalta’s administration, and the city authorities welcome the Forum participants, recollecting the city’s long history of friendship with foreign cities.
“More than half a century ago, our city joined the World Federation of United Cities (WFUC). Yalta’s first twin city was Nice. In 1959, this city’s municipal council put forward an initiative to establish cooperation with Yalta, where a USSR-France friendship society was created. Today, apart from the French Riviera, Yalta has 17 more twin cities in various parts of the world, as well as 10 partner cities, with the Italian city of Rovigo being the latest one”, the Yalta administration press service reports.
The Business and Cultural Centre of the Republic of Crimea is also organizing the “Friends of Crimea Forum” session to take place on 20 April as part of YIEF 2018, as well as the “Russia – Europe: from Confrontation to Cooperation” session.