Haryana signs Declaration of Partnership with US state

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Chandigarh, Oct 23 (UNI) A Declaration of Partnership was signed between Haryana and the US state of Minnesota today to promote ''active exchange of ideas, knowledge and people in the field of trade and investment, science and technology, education and research and arts and culture for the mutual benefit of both states.'' The Declaration of Partnership was signed by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Minnesota Governor Timothy J Pawlenty at a cermony held at New Delhi, an official release here said.

The aim of the ''Sister-State Partnership'' was to strengthen ties and develop friendly relations which will be mutually beneficial.

''The objective of the Partnership is to encourage, develop, and expand joint activities and programmes that mutually strengthen their vibrant and growing economies, which are characterised by a strong agricultural tradition, a wealth of high technology industries, a commitment to quality education and to maintain frequent communications and relations that foster stronger bonds and a greater understanding between the citizens of both states,'' it added.

Speaking on the occasion, Minnesota Governor Timothy J Pawlenty said the declaration would help in building new bridges between the people of our two great lands.

He said the Sister-State Partnership would provide a catalyst and a framework to seek mutual interests in agriculture, food processing, dairy farming, information technology, education, culture and tourism sectors in a big way.

Mr Pawlenty said Haryana, a relatively young state, was a shining example of India's spectacular economic and academic progress.

He said that in recent years, Haryana has emerged as one of the most progressive states of India with an impressive list of achievements in the field of economic development.

The governor said there were many similarities between Haryana and Minnesota and expressed hope that the Partnership agreement would help to usher in an era of long term engagement and prosperity for the two states.

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