JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is spending the week in Turkey.
City officials tells The Clarion-Ledger that Johnson is seeking a "sister city" relationship with the municipality of Kahramanmaras (kärä-mänmä-räsh). The city of 412,000 sits in the Mediterranean region of southeastern Turkey and dates to 1000 BC. It is known as Turkey's ice cream capital.
City officials say the cultural exchange trip is sponsored and paid for by the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians. The Houston, Texas-based agency works to foster good relationships between peoples and governments in the United States and Turkey.
City officials say "sister city" relationships foster economic development opportunities, cultural and diplomatic exchange programs, educational programs and other benefits for the cities who participate.