SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Sioux City celebrated a new partnership with the city of Gjilan, Kosovo on Wednesday.
Gjilan, which is located in southeastern Europe, will be a new sister city for Sioux City.
City leaders said the relationship will promote city exchanges in a variety of areas, such as culture, education, arts, and economy.
Mayor Bob Scott said the two regions began their relationship through members of the Iowa National Guard, who were stationed in Gjilan.
During the ceremony, gifts were exchanged, and the agreement was signed.
"Now today we agreed to cooperate on economical joint activities, such as agribusinesses, education, exchange of the students, Ph.D. candidates, and the different fields of agribusiness," said Lutfi Haziri, Mayor of Gjilan.
Gjilan will not be Sioux City's only sister city. It will also join Yamanashi City, Japan.
"It just gives your citizens an opportunity to know other cultures. I think our one with the Japanese has been a great deal. They send kids over here, we send teachers over there. I think it's good for cross-cultural things, for us to learn about other cultures and all that." said Bob Scott, Sioux City Mayor.
Iowa and the Republic of Kosovo also have a sister state relationship that began in 2013.