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Killeen plans to add third sister city

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:39 pm

Killeen will soon acquire a third sister city.

The Killeen City Council, during its Tuesday meeting, authorized the pursuit of Pyeongtaek City, Korea, as a sister city.

Lisa Humphreys, Killeen Sister Cities Inc. president, said officials from Pyeongtaek City plan to visit Killeen in the fall.

After the proclamation is completed, Killeen will add it to its list of sister cities along with Osan, Korea, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Killeen Sister Cities Inc. was launched in 1993. In 1996, it formed a relationship with Osan. In 2010, San Juan was added as a sister city.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said the program provides the city with opportunities for cultural exchanges.

“Killeen prides itself on the diversity of our community. The Sister Cities program provides opportunities for cultural exchange with cities from other countries around the world to learn about their customs and people,” she said.

“Our long-standing relationship with Osan, Korea, and our newer relationships with San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Pyeongtaek, Korea, bring international talent and officials to Killeen to broaden our understanding and appreciation of their cultures.”

Humphreys said a second Korean city was chosen because, due to budget issues in Osan, the exchange of cultures has become inactive.

She said the relationship remains intact, however.

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