Coimbatore and the German city Esslingen on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation in various spheres of city administration.
According to www.esslinger-zeitung.de, a German newspaper, Esslinger Mayor Jurgen Zieger and his Coimbatore counterpart P. Rajkumar inked the twinning agreement in the Old Town Hall in presence of Collector Archana Patnaik, Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan and representatives from the Coimbatore industry.
Now the two cities are twin cities and that made it unique as the agreement had the approval of the Indian government and was the first of its kind for an Indian city with a German one.
The journey started in 2008 when the two cities signed a treaty of friendship and since then the two had made progress, the newspaper said.
Twinning with Coimbatore was for international understanding, mutual respect – of religions and cultures, the news paper said quoting the Esslinger Mayor Mr. Zieger. The contacts would provide people in both cities the opportunity to work closely on various fields.
The visiting Indian delegation visited Georgii Gymnasium and Zollberg-Realschule, a school that was already into an agreement with a city school.