Coupled with the recent celebration of Belize’s 35th anniversary of independence, there is also the celebration of the 35th year of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Belize which the Mexican Embassy continues to celebrate in style. A special program of events has been put together by the Embassy of Mexico for Friday, September 30 in Belize City with the arrival of a Mexican Navy vessel into Belize’s waters. On Friday morning, a special ceremony will take place aboard the vessel involving the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young; the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilfred Elrington, as well as the Mexican Ambassador, Carlos Quesnel-Melendez among other Mexican dignitaries. In the afternoon at one o’clock at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts, a free musical showcase is scheduled to take place where the Mexican Navy’s Chamber Orchestra and Chorus will perform. In addition, there will be an exchange between members of the Mexican musicians and the local community of music students and musicians under the coordination of the Music Director at NICH, Colville Young Jr. The Mexican vessel named, Independencia is an oceanic patrol built in Oaxaca and launched on the occasion of the 2nd Centennial of the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. It is eighty six metres long and ten metres wide; members of the public will be able to tour the vessel between 1pm and 3pm on Friday, September 30 at the Port of Belize on Caesar Ridge Road. In a release sent from the Mexican Embassy in Belize, it reads, quote, “On September 21, 1981, Belize joined the concert of Independent Nations and Mexico was the first country to establish Diplomatic Relations with the new member. As a relevant aspect of its foreign policy, Mexico has always upheld the principles of International Law which have also been at the core of the Mexico-Belize bilateral relationship.” End of quote.