· Mexico is a country with enormous cultural
richness, and we are deeply proud of our history and the legacy of our ancestors, declared
President Peña Nieto.
· The state visit to Germany by the Mexican
president will strengthen the friendship between our countries: Joachim Gauck,
President of Germany.
President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, and President
of Germany Joachim Gauck inaugurated and toured the exhibition “Mayan, the
language of beauty” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in the capital, marking the
start of the Mexico-Germany Dual Year.
The Mexican president expressed his gratitude for, “This
cultural meeting space, as part of this state visit to Germany, which reaffirms
the bonds of friendship and fraternity between our countries.”
“We are a few yards from the Berlin Wall, which
used to divide a people, but the weight of reason and social development enabled
it to be demolished, allowing this great German nation to be re-united,” he declared.
He noted that today, countries “Work to build
harmony, brotherhood and solidarity in favor of the great causes of humanity. And
it is this spirit which today allows us to bring this exhibition of Maya culture,
which is emblematic of our country, to this great city, Berlin.”
President Peña Nieto stressed that, “Mexico is a
country with a rich culture, and we are deeply proud of our history and the ancient
legacy of our ancestors.” He therefore considered it an honor that the
archaeological heritage of our country should be displayed in this museum.
“This exhibition traces the route of a civilization
that is admired throughout the world for its great technical, architectural and
astronomical advances. It includes 300 pieces, some over two thousand years
old, which testify to the Maya’s view of the world, their writing and cities
such as Calakmul, Chichén Itzá, Palenque and Uxmal,” he declared.
He said that through this select exhibition, “Mexico
highlights the best of its past and disseminates its enormous cultural heritage.”
This exhibition, he continued, “Is the perfect
setting for launching the Germany-Mexico Dual Year, agreed during my first
meeting with Chancellor Merkel in 2012.”
President Peña Nieto recalled a quote from
Alexander Von Humboldt when he visited Mexico and discovered its natural and
cultural wealth: “If you could only call one place in the world paradise, it
would have to be Mexico."
“Today, with this exhibition, we want to share some
of that paradise with the German people, in addition to giving them an open invitation
to visit our country,” added the Mexican president.
For his part, President of Germany Joachim Gauck,
said that President Peña Nieto’s state visit to this country, “Will consolidate
the friendship between our two countries.”
He said that, “For cultural exchange, it is always
important to strengthen and contribute to a better understanding of the
populations of the respective countries.”
He recalled that the opening of this exhibition on
the Maya, “Also marked the start of the Mexican Year in Germany, and in the summer,
the Year of Germany in Mexico will be launched to further consolidate the
bridges between our sister nations.”
THE OFFICIAL RECEPTION AT BELLEVUE
PARIS MARKED THE START OF THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT’S STATE VISIT TO THIS COUNTRY
President Peña Nieto began his state visit to
Germany, accompanied by his wife Angélica Rivera de Peña, at Bellevue Palace,
where he was received by German President Joachim Gauck.
There, the Mexican president and his wife signed
the Distinguished Visitors’ Book. This was followed by the presentation of the
delegations accompanying the president of Mexico and the German president.
During the official welcome ceremony, the national
anthems of Mexico and Germany were sung, and President Peña Nieto and President
Gauck reviewed a guard of honor.
The two leaders, accompanied by their respective
delegations, hailed the state of the their two countries’ bilateral relations,
the installation of the Binational Commission, and the beginning of the Dual
President Gauck hailed the reform process that has
taken place in Mexico in recent years, as well as the stability and diversification
of the Mexican economy in response to the international economic crisis.
The presidents of Germany and Mexico agreed to
strengthen bilateral cooperation and exchanges of best practices in culture, science
and the rule of law.
At Bellevue Palace, the Mexican president greeted a
group of children and youths from the Friedensburg-Oberschule School carrying
the flags of the two countries, who attended the official welcome ceremony. President
Peña Nieto and President Gauck subsequently led a meeting with their
Afterwards, the Mexican president paid a visit to the
Memorial to the Victims of War and Tyranny, where he laid a wreath at the La
Pietá Kollwitz statue of a mother holding her dead son, symbolizing Berliners’
suffering during the Second World War.
President Peña Nieto subsequently visited Berlin City
Hall, where he was received by Governing Mayor Michael Müller. After signing
the “Golden Book of the City of Berlin,” the president of Mexico and his
delegation held a meeting with the Governing Mayor of that city.