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In 1956, the sister city program was originated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as part of the people-to-people citizen diplomacy initiative.  Currently Sister Cities International represents over 2,500 communities in 126 countries from around the world.  Newport and Mombetsu, Japan (pronounced mom-bets) have been participating in this program since 1966.  It has been a culturally rich friendship, one that is valued greatly by both communities.

(Mombetsu Sister City Park)