In Photos: Mexico celebrates 212 years of independence in Cairo

Reham El-Adawi , Saturday 17 Sep 2022

With Mexican traditional costumes in green white and red, and cheerful Mexican folk songs in the background, Mexican Ambassador to Egypt Jose Octavio Tripp and his wife, Adriana Macias-Tripp, hosted a celebration of the 212th anniversary of Mexico's independence at their residence in Maadi on 15 September.



The celebration was attended by an array of foreign and Arab ambassadors to Egypt, senior state officials, prominent Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy, visual artist Farid Fadel, and many more.

The event began with the historic Mexican “Grito de Dolores” or "Cry of Pain".

The cry was launched in Dolores, Mexico, on 16 September 1810, by Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla who rang his church bell and gave the call to arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence.

During his remarks at the event, Tripp said: “We celebrate on this occasion two hundred and twelve years of independence as a free and responsible actor in the international community."

"More than two centuries of interacting in the world arena with the pride of an ancient civilisation and the innovative spirit of a modern nation,” he added. 

Mexican Ambassador to Egypt Jose Octavio Tripp and his wife, Adriana Macias-Tripp, leading the event

Egypt-Mexico: Solid grounds 

“Like Egypt, Mexico takes part in world affairs based on its solid identity and confidence that upholding our national character worldwide is the best way to survive and perform effectively without the risk of losing our national soul," Octavio Tripp said.

"This is one of the reasons why Mexico and Egypt play a relevant role in the world's cultural dynamics, and that's also the cause why culture has been a pillar in our bilateral agenda," he asserted.

 “We organised initiatives in literature, dance, music, cinema, theatre, photography, and caricature, amongst many others."

The Mexican embassay in Cairo has organised around 40 cultural events in Cairo and Alexandria in collaboration with prominent Egyptian figures in the past few years, Octavio Tripp noted.

“So, dear friends, today is an excellent occasion to celebrate the Mexico-Egypt friendship and express my gratitude to the authorities and the Egyptian community for their permanent sympathy and solidarity."

Economic partnership

“ I also want to acknowledge the generous and constant support of the companies that are members of the Mexico-Egypt Business Council” Octavio Tripp said.

Egypt is Mexico's third largest economic partner in Africa, he noted.

Mexican investments in Egypt amounted to $1 billion in 2021 and trade exchange between the two countries recorded $200 million that same year.

Egyptian singer Rola Zak mesmerised the guests with a selection of Spanish, Mexican, and Arabic songs.   

Rola Zaki

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