Foreign Diplomats visit Boeing South Carolina

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30 visiting ambassadors, representing countries across four continents, dined on fried chicken, sweet tea and collard greens while overlooking the final assembly line at Boeing South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon.

The meal was part of the final day of the State Department’s 23rd Experience America Visit where diplomats learned about Charleston’s integration with the world. Since Sunday, the ambassadors have visited local colleges, the Port of Charleston, Joint Base Charleston and other sites then finished their trip at the Boeing campus in North Charleston.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to be here and see, with my own eyes, the Dreamliner’s production here in Charleston,” said Erzhan Kazykhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the U.S. “I hope that very soon we will get one Dreamliner from here to Kazakhstan, when we finalize all the details.”

 

State Department officials said a major priority for the trip is economic development with hopes of building relationships between ambassadors and Charleston organizations and companies like Boeing.

 

“It’s not every day that you can host 30 ambassadors representing four continents,” said Gordon Johndroe, the Vice President Of Government Operations Communications for Boeing. “Many of them are commercial airplane customers, some of them are defense or services customers so it’s a great opportunity to help show off Charleston and show off Boeing South Carolina.

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