Handing her credentials to Governor-General Sir Colville Young on Monday (November 30), Mexican ambassador to Belize, Martha Zamarripa Rivas is the first woman to ever hold the position.
Rivas, the second journalist to serve as envoy in the Andrés Manuel López Obrador-led adminstration, is the 11th Mexican ambassador to Belize since both countries established diplomatic relations in 1981.
In her remarks, Ambassador Rivas said, “Belize has become a strategic ally for Mexico for its dual identity in the region as a Central American and Caribbean country”.
She further expressed her commitment to the “strengthening of ties between the two peoples.”
For his part, Governor-General Young welcomed and thanked the new Mexican ambassador, reiterating Belize’s desire to continue to build strong relations between the two countries.
Ambassador Rivas succeeds Carlos Quesnel Melendez, who concluded his diplomatic mission in Belize in October.
He was appointed Ambassador to Belize on February 5, 2015.