Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2022. 8:52 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Belize City Council
By Rubén Morales Iglesias:
Though Belize and Mexico have had fruitful relations and exchanges even before Belize’s Independence on September 21, 1981, it was on that day that Belize and Mexico established official diplomatic relations. This year, after the two-year lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries will be celebrating those 41 years in May.
To that end, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner met with Mexico’s Ambassador on Tuesday.
“Mayor Bernard Wagner was pleased to welcome to City Hall Ambassador of the United Mexican States to Belize H.E. Martha Zamarripa Rivas and her delegation, to discuss the upcoming celebration commemorating 41 years of diplomatic relations between Belize and Mexico,” said the Belize City Council on social media.
Mayor Wagner said to Breaking Belize News that the discussion is in its preliminary stages.
“It will include a series of cultural activities with the concert being the main event. The concert will feature cumbia, along with a rendition of music done by the late Juan Gabriel, Belizean music, salsa, etc.,” said Mayor Wagner.
“We look forward to a successful celebration and further strengthening of the forty-year relationship between Belize and Mexico.”
Lately the Belize-Mexico relations have intensified. Last year, Belize started exporting cattle to Mexico and the Minister of Agriculture Jose Abelardo Mai made several visits to Mexico during which he met with Mexican Agriculture Secretary Dr. Víctor Manuel Villalobos Arámbula with whom he reached several agreements. Then in late September and early October 2021, Belize and Mexico had several high-level meetings during the State-visit by Prime Minister John Briceño to Mexico, when he met with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The Mexican president is expected to return the courtesy next month.
Meanwhile, with the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Mexico-Belize border was recently opened, and Belizeans have started visiting neighbouring cities while Mexicans have also started visiting Belize.
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