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208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico

17 September 2018

Ambassador Ana Luisa Fajer of Mexico hosted a celebration to mark the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico and to launch the festivities to commemorate the “Silver Anniversary” of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and South Africa.

Photo: Ambassador Ana Luisa Fajer of Mexico and Ms. Susan Shabangu, Minister of Social Development

Having completed her Masters degree thesis about the nature of the South African state, and the liberation struggle and then to have met Nelson Mandela on his visit to Mexico, Ambassador Fajer said that her posting to South Africa is a dream come true. She is also the first female ambassador to represent Mexico in South Africa and to 11 countries in the Southern African region.

 

Remarks by Ambassador Ana Luisa Fajer
September 14th, 2018.

Welcome and thank you for joining us to celebrate the two hundred and eighth Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, and the launch of the festivities to commemorate the “Silver Anniversary” of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and South Africa.

I would like to start my remarks with a question… Do you believe that dreams can take someone to a certain place, if that someone puts his or her mind and hard work to it? Well… I strongly believe that when the stars align properly, it is possible.

I am the first woman Ambassador of Mexico to South Africa and to 11 countries in the Southern African region. I arrived to your captivating country four months ago.

My passion for South Africa started in 1990, when I decided to write my Masters degree thesis about the nature of the South African state, and the liberation struggle.

Who would even think that in July 1991, I would accompany Nelson Mandela, whose life I had followed through tons of books.

He chose Mexico as one of the four countries in Latin America to visit and express gratitude for the full support that my country gave to the cause for justice and freedom. Quoting Madiba… “It always seems impossible until it’s done”.

It was undoubtedly my great privilege to meet him.

The Government of Mexico values the relationship with South Africa enormously. We have been working to enhance our political dialogue, our bilateral legal framework, our economic links, our cultural and academic exchanges, and our cooperation for development. All of it, by building upon our rich history and natural and cultural diversity; on the recognition of our people as our main asset! On our respective roles in the multilateral and regional area.

My background serves the purpose to position our relations in a higher level of strategic priority.

To continue with the metaphor of the alignment of the stars, let me recognise the presence of Dr. Ken Oyama and Dr. Francisco Trigo, who have come to South Africa to inaugurate the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s (UNAM) South Africa Centre for Mexican Studies, the first UNAM Centre in Africa, whose mission is to promote Mexico, its culture, and Spanish language, through people to people connections.

As some of you may know, Mexican gastronomy is considered by UNESCO an intangible cultural world heritage. We are very lucky to have Chef Alam Mendez who has prepared a lovely Mexican menu for us, that I am sure you will enjoy!

Dear friends and guests, this could not be a better occasion to honour Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu in the Centenary of the birth. Mama Albertina, the “woman of fortititude”, is certainly an inspiration.

Queridas mexicanas y mexicanos, the team of the Mexican Embassy and myself are grateful for your support and encouragement. Together, we will keep on working committedly for another 25 years, and counting…

THANK YOU!

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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