Kosovan leaders travel to Lilburn to forge 'sister city' relationship

LILBURN — One Gwinnett city has an Eastern European ally.

Lilburn officials welcomed officials from the Kosovo city of Suhareka, forging a “sister city” relationship at a dinner Monday.

Mayor Johnny Crist traveled to the town last month with a church group, which began the cities’ relationship, and a delegation from Kosovo made their own trip for this week’s “welcome dinner.”

“I am delighted that the city of Lilburn and Suhareka have joined as Sister Cities,” Crist said. “Our cities will strengthen each other through the exchange of ideas and the relationships formed through this new bond.”

Other dignitaries that attended the event include Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and Commissioner Lynette Howard, Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz and Chamber of Commerce President Daniel Kaufman.

Suhareka Mayor Blerim Kuqi is in town this week, along with a group of eight educators, medical professionals and government officials who plan to learn about the city government, network with local doctors and businesses, and see the sights in the Atlanta area.

According to a press release, Crist plans to return to Kosovo in September with a group of doctors, business people, and artists.