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Neosho to reconfirm sister city accord

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Neosho to reconfirm sister city accord

The City of Neosho will unofficially reconfirm its sister city status with the State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia in a brief ceremony on Friday.

City officials will meet with James Naich, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Federated States of Micronesia Embassy in Washington D.C., at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main, to reacknowledge Neosho’s sister city ties with Pohnpei and commit to continued good relations.

In 2008, the city signed a friendship accord with the State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, establishing sister-city status between Neosho and Pohnpei, located in the south Pacific. The pact occurred nearly one year after a fatal church shooting in which three persons were killed and several more wounded. Both the victims and the convicted shooter were Micronesian, most hailing from Pohnpei, the main Pacific island within the Federated States of Micronesia. Neosho is home to a Micronesian community that numbers in the hundreds.

The Federated States of Micronesia already has a unique pact with the U.S. in that citizens of the two countries can live, work and go to school in either nation without a visa.

Friday’s meeting is simply an opportunity for city officials meet with the Micronesian deputy ambassador and unofficially recommit to continue good relations between the City of Neosho and the State of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, as well as the local Micronesian community.

For more information, please call City Manager Troy Royer, or Public Relations/Events Coordinator Wes Franklin at 451-8050.

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