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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Montevideo mayors hope to use sister city ties to promote international cooperation

  • After spending a week in Montevideo, Uruguay, Debra Lee Fader, mayor of Montevideo, Minn., has had some time to reflect on her visit, and what she learned.
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  • After spending a week in Montevideo, Uruguay, Debra Lee Fader, mayor of Montevideo, Minn., has had some time to reflect on her visit, and what she learned.
    Fader was invited to Uruguay by Montevideo, Uruguay, Mayor Ana Olivera, in cooperation with the state department and Partners of the Americas, an international organization that works to build relationships between different countries.
    "We're trying to bridge the gap between the two countries," Fader said.
    Olivera, whose official title in Uruguay is Intendencia, is seen as the "mayor of mayors" which makes her similar to a governor. She sent the invitation to Fader during a time when the United States Embassy in Uruguay has been working with the partners of the Americas to improve their image. In Uruguay, the United States embassy is often called "the bunker" as it appears very closed off.
    "For Olivera and I, I think we both came to the realization that we could really promote the strengths of our sister city relationship (toward the goal of improving international relations)," Fader said. "For me, it's important because the world is getting smaller and smaller every day. We can't think only about ourselves. We're becoming united through the use of all of these gadgets that we have, and we have to be respectful of our neighbors."
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