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Embassy of Argentina celebrates bicentennial Independence

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Argentina Ambassador Ariel Fernández and Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, at the Embassy of Argentina Bicentennial Independence celebrations
Tango dancers Ricardo Read and Efrosini Polizogopoulosv at the Embassy of Argentina bicentennial independence celebrations.
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The Embassy of Argentina in Jamaica celebrated its bicentennial independence on July 9, at the official residence together with Argentine residents, local government officials, authorities, diplomats, members of the business and cultural community, and renowned socialites.

The event was held in tune with festivities in Argentina that included cultural festivities at town squares throughout the country and a main event at the site of the declaration of independence in the Northern Province of Tucuman, as part of the country's commemoration of the bicentennial of one of the foundational events in its history: the Declaration of Independence put forward by the Congress of Tucuman on July 9, 1816.

The momentous event included a variety of rich musical Piazzolla pieces coupled with traditional engaging tango performances, as guests enjoyed gourmet sampling menus that included traditional empanadas, dulce de leche dessert, and Argentine wines, featuring vendors such as EITS CafÈ, Select Brands, CPJ and Harbour Wines committed in bringing the distinctive taste of Malbec and Torrontes to the island.

POWERFUL MESSAGE

Ambassador Ariel Fern·ndez delivered a powerful message about the Argentine presence in Jamaica, as well as the relationship with the host country that goes back half a century, which have been further strengthened in the last years by mutual respect and active collaborations in the cultural and sports arena.

Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, gave congratulations on behalf of Jamaica, with highlights in Spanish. She reinforced the sentiment of recognition and respect between both countries.

The celebration marked the proclamation of political independence from the Spanish monarchy then, and the efforts of the Argentine citizens to advance in unity and freedom to shape the country during the last two centuries; and also represents the reaffirmation of those ideals toward the future.