Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn joined Mexican Ambassador Julián Ventura Valero on his first national day in London, to celebrate the “everlasting friendship” between Mexico and the UK at a vibrant, but reflective, reception. In the wake of the recent earthquake, the Ambassador thanked the UK for its “expressions of solidarity” while toasting the close links between the countries. “Today our historically close links are strengthened through contacts that go beyond governments to include students, parliamentarians, NGOs, the business community and civil society. It’s a partnership grounded in the genuine friendship between our two peoples.”
Reciprocating with a Tequila toast, Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison added: “In an increasingly uncertain world it’s excellent to have such firm friends.”
Guests sampled the spirit of Mexico with a selection of Mezcal and Tequila, authentic Mexican cuisine and a Mexican craft market.
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