MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council voted Thursday afternoon to approve a new sister city relationship with Bosaso, Somalia.
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The council adopted a resolution that noted Minneapolis had the largest Somali-American community in the nation, and that establishing a relationship with Bosaso would open up a number of economic and cultural connections.READ MORE: Ice Castles Returning To New Brighton This Winter
The proposal was approved unanimously, according to reports.
The proposal adds the port city to Minneapolis’s large list of sister cities, which includes places such as Tours, France; Ibaraki, Japan; Uppsala, Sweden; and Najaf, Iraq.MORE NEWS: Sen. Tina Smith To Vote Against Policing Ballot Question, Saying It 'May Well Move Us In The Wrong Direction'
With an estimated 700,000 residents, Bosaso is also one of the more populous on the list. Harbin, China and Santiago, Chile are the largest metro areas with which Minneapolis has established a sister city relationship.