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Ethiopia - Mexico in Addis, 'Etiopia' in Mexico
By Kirubel Tadesse
According to Berhane Deressa, City Mayor of Addis Ababa, the Mexico Square found in Addis got its name to acknowledge the efforts of the Mexican government to restore Ethiopian administration that was out of place during the fascist Italy occupation. Capital learned that Mexico too has a place named after Ethiopia. Andy Goldman (Photo) told Capital that there is a place called "Etiopia" in Mexico City with its own subway stop, which is four stations away from Balderas Station.
On Friday December 7, 2007 Berhane Deressa and Hector Valezzi, Ambassador of Mexico to Ethiopia, together opened a photo exhibition at the city hall. The photograph exhibition is believed to strengthen the cultural and economic relations between people of the two countries. These exhibited photos, taken by Francisco Mata Rosas, show different views of Mexico City.
"I have been in to Mexico City many times, and it is beautiful and trimming. Even if in my view the photos in this exhibition don't really reflect what Mexico is today; they are very artistic and I hope in the coming days our friends enjoy the views of these pictures," Mayor Berhane said at the opening ceremony of the photographic exhibition. "Not only had the Mexican representative in the League of Nations tried to get the audience to listen to the emperor's famous speech during the fascist occupation, Mexicans also denied recognition of Italy's occupation of Ethiopia," stated Berhane about the historic relations of Ethiopia and Mexico. Berhane added, "The relations between Ethiopia and Mexico are deep rooted and the embassy was here with us many years ago. It was closed for a brief moment, I say of madness unleashed by us, then we came back to our senses and Mexico came back to Addis Ababa."
Ambassador Hector Valezzi on his part stated that collaboration works like this photographic exhibition and pervious programs like music concert by Mexican band help to create cultural relation between the two nations. Ambassador Hector added that he appreciates the joint programs with the Addis Ababa city administration as the collaboration always makes 'something happen.' He invited audience to come and view the photographs which he said 'don't exclude the reality as some cultures do.'
About Metro Etiopia in Mexico City
Metro Etiopía is a metro station on the Mexico City Metro. It is located in the Benito Juárez borough of Mexico City.
The station logo depicts the head of a lion, a symbol of the African country of Ethiopia. Its name is given from the Etiopía traffic circle which existed in the same location before the construction of the subway station. This square was donated by the government of Ethiopia.
This metro station transfers to "Ñ" line of trolleybus, which runs between ISSSTE Zaragoza general hospital and Metro Tacubaya.
Metro Etiopía is under the intersecction of Avenida Xola, Cuauhtemoc Avenue, Cumbres de Maltrata st. and Diagonal de San Antonio Av. It serves Narvarte neighbourhood.
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