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The Dominican Republic celebrates 171 years of independence

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
AmbassadorJose Tomas Ares and wife Sheila poses with a colourful mascot before the celebrations.
Jean Jimenes (left) has a light moment with Erick Cajar Grimas and wife Gumer Gamero.
The lovely couple Pierre De Villiers and wife Talita smiles for the camera.
Charges d'affaires of Mexico Maria Elena Alcaraz gets acquainted with US Ambassador Luis G Moreno.
William Bush (left) Charge d'Affaires of Columbia and Jean Jimenes Ministry Counselor exchange a warm greeting.
Dominican Republic Ambassador Jose Tomas Ares and Attorney General Patrick Atkinson toast to the 171st Independence anniversary of the Dominican Republic.
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It has been 171 years since the Dominican Republic declared its independence, an accomplishment that was celebrated in style at the Montego Suite at The Jamaica Pegasus last Friday.

The room was filled with well wishers who came out to celebrate this momentous occasion. They all greeted the Dominican ambassador, Dr José Tomás Ares, and his wife, Sheila, with their well wishes. It was a night filled with laughter, featuring Jamaica Defence Force military band that provided a triumphant soundtrack in the background.

The official proceedings began with Ambassador Ares thanking the Jamaican people for their hospitality over the years and noting that he looks forward to continued relations between his country and Jamaica. The same sentiments were shared by Attorney General Patrick Atkinson, who spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. He noted that the Dominican Republic has led by example, being one of the first Caribbean countries to gain their independence.

After the official toast and playing of both anthems, guests enjoyed the rest of the evening dining on a delectable spread which included crispy coconut chicken with sweet and sour dip, miniature steaks, spicy escoveitched fish, and other mouth-watering dishes, accompanied by some great vino.