Au revoir Bar-le-Duc?

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GuilD­forD Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive has been rec­om­mended to ap­prove plans to end the town’s long­est twin­ning re­la­tion­ship.

Guild­ford was twinned with Bar-le-Duc, france, in 1958, but at an ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing at Millmead House on Tues­day (Septem­ber 26), coun­cil­lors could pave the way for the re­la­tion­ship to end.

The ex­ec­u­tive will hear of plans to es­tab­lish a new agree­ment with Ver­sailles, on the out­skirts of Paris, strengthen ties with freiburg in Ger­many, and send a coun­cil del­e­ga­tion to Dongy­ing in oc­to­ber to sign a for­mal part­ner­ship agree­ment with the city.

They will be joined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the univer­sity of Sur­rey.

Deputy leader of the coun­cil, Cllr Matt fur­niss, said: “Boost­ing in­ter­na­tional links will ben­e­fit the whole bor­ough for res­i­dents, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors.

“We want to ex­plore, pro­mote and strengthen the eco­nomic, ed­u­ca­tional and tourism links that we have al­ready, in ad­di­tion to es­tab­lish­ing new part­ner­ships and cre­at­ing po­ten­tial in­vest­ment and trade op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

He added: “Since 1979 we have had an ex­cel­lent long­stand­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tion­ship as the re­sult of our twin­ning agree­ment with freiburg. We are now seek­ing to deepen that re­la­tion­ship and to de­velop new ones be­gin­ning with Dongy­ing in China and Ver­sailles. We will ex­plore and pro­mote eco­nomic, and trade ties and co­op­er­a­tion in as­pects of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and other rel­e­vant fields.”

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