(L-r) Ambassador Ashraf Mounir, Mexican Ambassador Jose Octavio Tripp, Military Attaché Pedro Maximiliano, General Mohamed Sultan
Mexico's Ambassador to Egypt Jose Octavio Tripp honored the founding father of the Mexican independence, Miguel Hidalgo, at a ceremony marking Mexico's Independence Day in Cairo on Thursday along with ambassadors from the Americas and senior state officials from Egypt.
The Mexican ambassador and Egypt's Deputy Foreign Minister for Latin American Affairs Ambassaor Ashraf Mounir headed a solemn ceremony at the bust of Miguel Hidalgo placed in Horreya Park in Zamalek.
On this occasion, Ambassador Tripp said, “Mexico celebrates 211 years of independent life. For more than two centuries, it has exercised its sovereignty in the international system with dignity and responsibility … That is the reason why this day is the most crucial date in our civic calendar and the motivation to celebrate, with great enthusiasm, our independence wherever we are in the world.”
“Mexico and its society are a cosmopolitan result of several cultural legacies merged, over the years, in one multidimensional expression. ... Undoubtedly, this is also the case of Egypt, an archetypical example of inclusiveness and cosmopolitism," he added.
Tripp then explained further how Mexico shares this legacy of cultural blending with Egypt, saying "Egypt is a nation that has enriched its Pharaonic heritage with constant contributions of the empires that have passed through this land, shaping the personality that characterizes the Egyptians today: sophisticated and unique in many ways, but at the same time, open and receptive to the globalized world.”
Afterward, Ambassador Mounir emphasized the importance of the investment of Mexican companies in Egypt, as well as the recent political and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Due to precautionary measures against COVID-19, the ceremony took place in a compact format with few guests. It was attended by Spanish ambassador to Egypt Ramón Gil-Casares, Military Attaché at the Mexican Embassy Pedro Maximiliano, together with ambassadors from the American continent and a limited number of senior state officials from Egypt.