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Uruguay celebrates 193rd Anniversary

25 August 2018

The Ambassador of Uruguay Mr C E Rodriguez Zavalla hosted a reception to celebrate the 193rd anniversary of independence of Uruguay.

South Africa is his first posting as an ambassador and so it will always hold a special place in his heart, said Ambassador Rodriguez Zavalla.

Photo: Ambassador of Uruguay Mr C E Rodriguez Zavalla, Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, the king of the Royal Bafokeng Nation and Mr. Daniel Martinez, Mayor of Montevideo city

Uruguay intends to continue working on strengthening its ties with the African continent in general and South Africa in particular and a number of bilateral agreements have been entered into force and a few more are currently under negotiation.

Mr. Daniel Martínez, the Mayor of Montevideo, who was in South Africa participating in the Metropolis Annual Meetings was also at the celebration.

Speech by Ambassador Rodriguez Zavalla

It is a great honour and a pleasure for me to welcome you to celebrate the independence of Uruguay, on its 193 anniversary.

I want to thank you all for your assistance to this very important landmark in Uruguay´s history, as well as being a very special day for me and my family.

As a career diplomat, this is my first posting as an Ambassador, so this country will always represent a very special feeling for me. I can assure you that I will never forget today, hosting the National Day of Uruguay, for my first time, and in South Africa.

 In this very short period of time I have had the chance to start learning many things about this beautiful and fascinating country, about its people, its culture, its traditions, and its importance in such a vast continent.

In this regard, I would like to reaffirm the intention of my government, to continue working in strengthening our ties with the African Continent in general and South Africa in particular.

The last few years have been very fruitful in improving our bilateral relations, with a number of bilateral agreements having entered into force and a few more currently under negotiation.

And I am totally convinced that there is a very big potential for more in all areas, so I look forward to working together with the government of South Africa in that sense.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to join the celebrations under taken this year in commemorating the centenary of two incredible individuals that dedicated their lives for the South African people: Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

The day that Mr. Mandela was born, July 18, is also a very special date for all Uruguayans, as precisely on that same date but on 1830, our country adopted its first Constitution.

I would also like to specially thank the presence of Mr. Daniel Martínez, Mayor of Montevideo, who is in South Africa taking part in the Metropolis Annual Meetings. It is an honour to have you here with us.

Embassy of Uruguay in South Africa





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