Sharing a “friendship hug,” or “abrazo de la amistad,” Nogales, Ariz. Mayor John Doyle and Nogales, Sonora Mayor Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Galindo embraced across the yellow line that marks the U.S.-Mexico border at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry on Monday morning.

The two mayors met at the border to honor the seventh anniversary of the original signing of the sisterhood pact between the governments of the two cities of Nogales.

They were joined by officials from both sides of the border, including Michael Humphries, acting port director in Nogales for U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Mexican Army General Salvador Cervantes; and Ricardo Santana Velasquez, the Mexican consul in Nogales.

Speaking of unity, teamwork and the benefits of joining forces across the border, the two mayors spoke to a small crowd gathered underneath a Mexican flag just south of the dividing line. They told listeners that the Ambos Nogales sisterhood is an example to both nations and the world of friendship and mutual across borders.

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