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Mayor of Mostar Received Distinguished Guests From Friendly Italian City of Montegrotto

Mayor of Mostar Mr. Ljubo Bešlić, together with his associate received today in the City Hall guests from friendly Italian city Montegrotto, Riccardo Mortandello, mayor and Mr. i Silvio Nardo, the president of humanitarian organisation Auser, that has been working with the City of Mostar and City of Montegrotto on different humanitarian and social program for more than twenty years. Members and representatives of churches and religious communities, as well as members of two Universities in Mostar were also present at the meeting.

Mayor Bešlić expressed his deepest condolences for the large losses caused by the earthquake, on his personal behalf and on the behalf of the City of Mostar. Then, he reminded that the friendship between the city of Mostar and Montegrotto last for twenty years. He emphasized that he looks forward to continuing cooperation started three years ago on the project of exchange of children of Mostar and Montegrotto, who is recognized as a very successful and important in the process of reconciliation and building sustainable peace and coexistence.

Mayor Mortandello expressed his gratitude to mayor Bešlić for the meeting and emphasized that the cooperation between two cities should be strengthen and expended to all segments in the society and that he will personally give his contribution. It was pointed out by the participants that the project “Know your neighbours”, a project that refers to a group of young people from the City of Montegrotto Terme and group of young people from four churches and religious communities of the City of Mostar, should be continued in the future and expanded and be open for young people from other countries.

The purpose of the project is to get to know other nationality, religions, culture and way of life, overcoming prejudices through direct meetings and relationships, through shared experiences and friendships. Young people, during their stay, had the opportunity to meet different reality, visiting churches, synagogues, mosques, but also a historical and cultural centre; become familiar with the political and administrative life, visiting the most significant places of work and social life that characterize the city.


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