On Tuesday August 29th, Ambassador Néstor Alejandro Rosa and his wife Analia held a reception on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Uruguay, and a concert in commemoration of the centenary of the Famous tango "La Cumparsita" by Gerardo Matos Rodriguez, Uruguayan musician, composer and journalist.
The event was held in the Performing Arts Center of Raanana, a city known for its large number of South Americans. A delicious spread of delicacies was prepared by Mabel Catering.
Michael Oren, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and former Ambassador to the US, attended as a guest of honor and representative of the Israeli government. The event was also attended by members of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, including Meron Reuven, chief of protocol for Israel; Motty Ephraim, Deputy Director-General for Latin America and the Caribbean; numerous Ambassadors and Honorary Consuls, including the Honorary Consul of Uruguay, Abraham Maman, and members of the Uruguayan community in Israel.
Uruguayan consul Giancarlo Ghibaudi opened the event by reading a message sent especially by Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa to Uruguayans residing outside the country:
"The Chancellor sends his greetings, and I stress that work continues to strengthen the link with compatriots living outside the country, improving the services to help them. But it is also important that we work together permanently to promote our culture and customs.”
Then the ambassador spoke, highlighting the significance of the anniversary of independence, and the achievements Uruguay has made, as well as the importance of the Israel-Uruguay relationship, and recent strides taken to advance that friendship.
Responding on behalf of the State of Israel, Deputy Minister Oren expressed:
"I am very pleased and honored to represent the Government and the people of Israel in congratulating the Oriental Republic of Uruguay on the occasion of its National Day.
Uruguay has shown a special sensitivity towards the Jewish people since well before the creation of the State of Israel, and its diplomats, such as Enrique Rodriquez Fabregat worked toward the creation of our State and toward an easing of the suffering of the Jewish refugees from the Holocaust who were uprooted from their homes in Europe. Over the years, Uruguay has demonstrated true friendship towards Israel and the relationship between the two countries and the two peoples is warm and solid.
In the beginning of 2016, a grave terrorist attack was carried out in Uruguay against a Jewish Uruguayan citizen, David Fremd, whose only crime was being Jewish. This attack shocked the people of Uruguay. In Israel, in the Jewish community across the world, and public and cultural figures in Uruguay all joined forces together to denounce this despicable murder. We have no doubt that the Government of Uruguay makes every effort to prevent the repeat of such a tragic event.
The Jewish community in Uruguay is small but very active and serves as a bridge between both our countries and our peoples. The Uruguayan community in Israel also maintains close contact with the Embassy and with Uruguay and contributes to the relationship between the two countries.
Over the past year, Uruguay’s Foreign Minister has visited Israel and learned of the complexities of the situation in the Middle East alongside the possibilities for cooperation between Uruguay and Israel. Afterwards, both governments overcame a mutual dispute and in that way, between two countries that have enjoyed a friendship for many years, a new effort was made to further strengthen the bilateral and multilateral relations. In addition, the Minister for Industry and Energy, Cristina Kosse visited Israel in order to further increase cooperation, and very soon, a professional delegation will come to Israel to participate in the WATEC Convention. In November, within the framework of our national jubilee events, we are expecting the important visit of a delegation of Jerusalem Prize winners from Uruguay.
Apart from a number of courtesy meetings at the ministerial level, a number of Israeli experts have also visited Uruguay in the areas of water management, innovation, cyber and additional areas in which we hope to further strengthen our cooperation and our mutual trade.
I would like to congratulate Ambassador Néstor Alejandro Rosa for his dedication and tireless work towards ever strengthening the relationship between our two countries. I should also mention that this is his second term serving in Israel, returning happily with his family. I wish to convey my best wishes to the President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez who came to Israel first as a senior student, and later, just nine years ago, during his first term as President of Uruguay.
In conclusion, I invite Ambassador Rosa, his wife and all the respected guests here with us tonight to raise their glass in a toast to the peace and security of the Republic of Uruguay and the continued prosperity of its people. לחיים "
After the formal speeches and a toast, the event continued with a special concert, “Camerata Ashdod” directed by maestro Ricardo Futoransky, and featuring, among others, singer Silvia Kigel, Leo Roitman on the bandoneon, Yoram Zerbib on guitar, Yana Sandler on saxophone, Olga Klomovitski and Gaby Sandler on violin. They were joined by tango dancers Oxana Golik and maestro Daniel Giusti. All in all, guests enjoyed a fabulous musical and dance performance to match the evening’s festive atmosphere.
Happy National Day from www.diplomacy.co.il staff!!!
Photos Silvia Golan