C) OFFICIAL VISITS AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES
VISIT OF THE URUGUAYAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION:
Uruguayan Parliamentary Delegation paid an official
visit to Lebanon between the 19th and the 22nd of
January 2011. The Delegation was headed by the President
of the Chamber of Representatives, MP. Yvonne Passada
and was informed by the President of the International
Affairs Commission, MP Rubén Martínez Huelmo, and other members of Parliament: Daisy Tourné, Pablo
Abdala and Daniel Bianchi Salomón, as well as the
officials of the Legislative Body, Mr.
Oscar Piquinela and Mrs. Carina Galvalisi Kemayd. The
Delegation held meetings with the President of the Republic, Gral.
Michel Sleiman, the President of the Parliament, Nabih
Berry and the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, where
international and regional situation were discussed as
well as the relations between Uruguay and Lebanon.
was an extremely positive initiative for the efforts of representation
and relationship of this Embassy.
The Delegation with the President of the
Republic Michel Sleiman.
With the President of the National Assembly
Nabih Berry, who signed an Agreement of
Inter-parliamentary Cooperation with the
President of the Uruguayan Chamber Ivonne Passada.
MP Pablo Abdala, welcomed in his village of
Qalhat, Department of Koura, North of Lebanon
The Lebanese press highlighted the presence of
three descendents of Lebanese within the
Delegation: MP' Abdala and Bianchi Salomon and
Mrs. Galvalisi Kemayd.
FIRST VISIT TO LEBANON OF AN URUGUAYAN FOREIGN MINISTER:
11th of April 2011, the Minister of Foreign Relations of
Uruguay Dr. Luis Almagro headed a commission integrated
by H.E. Dr. Marta Pizzanelli, Director for
Asia, Africa and Oceania at the Ministry of Foreign
Relations of Uruguay, H.E. Dr. José Luis Remedi,
Ambassador of the Diplomatic Mission in Qatar and H.E.
Dr. Jorge Luis Jure, Ambassador of Uruguay to Lebanon.
was part of a tour of the Middle East and
constituted a first for an Uruguayan Foreign Minister to
the Country of the Cedars.
high level official visits to Beirut were those of Mr. Alberto Abdala, Vice - President of the Republic and the Deputy
Ministers of Foreign Relations Mr. Roberto Rodriguez
Pioli and Dr. Pedro Vaz.
visit to Beirut
was marked by political meetings. It ended with a party organized by the Embassy for the Uruguayan nationals,
the Lebanese Ministers and members of Parliament, as
well as for the friends of this Diplomatic Mission.
Almagro was received by the President of the Republic of
Lebanon, Gral. Michel Sleiman, the President of the
Lebanese National Assembly, Mr. Nabih Berry, as well as
the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the present
Primer Minister Najib Mikati.
Lebanese Minister, Ali Al Chami, offered an official
lunch in his honour, to which attended the Ministers of
Economy and Tourism and the Presidents of the main
Economic Institutions such as the Union of the Chambers of
Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Lebanon and the
Lebanese and Arab Associations of Banks, among others.
press covered the visit on television and several
interviews were published in
perspectives of work remain open in terms of commerce,
tourism, industry and education.
President Gral. Michel Sleiman.
With the Prime Minister (outgoing) Saad Hariri and
Reception offered by the Embassy: Minister Tarek Mitri,
representing the President of the Republic and the Prime
Minister and MP Abdel Latif Zein, in representation of
the President of the Parliament.
Reception of the Embassy: a group of Uruguayan citizens
VISIT TO URUGUAY OF H.E. GRAL. MICHEL SLEIMAN,
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LEBANON
On the 5th and 6th of October 2012, H.E. the
President of the Republic of Lebanon Gral. Michel Sleiman
paid an official visit to Uruguay. This visit comes after
the first one made by President Camille Chamoun in 1954,
almost 60 years ago.
Sleiman held private meetings with H.E. the President of
Uruguay José Mujica, the President of the General
Assembly Danilo Astori, Ministers, Senators and
Deputies. He went across the seaside of the Capital
chatting with Uruguayans, hundreds of them from the Lebanese
visited the Lebanese Club, the Lebanese Society and the Church "Nuestra
Señora del Líbano" (Our Lady of Lebanon). He concluded his
official visit in a huge reception, attended by more than 1.000 persons
from the Lebanese Community from all over the
Artigas, Chief of the Orientals, protector of their rich
Discovering the Lebanese roots in Uruguay
VISIT OF THE URUGUAYAN FOREIGN MINISTER WITH A BUSINESS
The Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, Dr. Luis
Almagro, presided the first ever Uruguayan commercial
delegation to Lebanon on the 14th and 15th of
September 2011. The Delegation came to Beirut in order to
participate to the "Arab Conference on Investments",
organized by the General Union of Arab Chambers, as well
as the "First Business to Business Uruguayan-Lebanese
Meetings", that took place at the Chamber of Commerce,
Industry and Agriculture of Beirut.
The business delegation was organized in
Montevideo by the National Agency of Investments
“Uruguay XXI” and in Beirut, by this Embassy,
with the collaboration of the Ministry of
Foreign Relations of Uruguay. The Executive
Director of “Uruguay XXI”, Economist Roberto Villamil, and the Director of the “Commercial
Intelligence Unit” of the Ministry Mrs. Mariella
Crosta, the Executive Director of the “Uruguayan
Exporters Union” Mrs. Teresa Aishemberg and
various Uruguayan businessmen, handled many
consultations and requests from Lebanese
companies, at the General
Union of Arab Chambers and at the Chamber of
Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut.
The contacts offered new perspectives for
increasing and diversifying the commerce between
Uruguay and Lebanon
The Executive Director of the Uruguayan Exports
Union signed a Cooperation Agreement with the
President of the Chamber of Beirut and Mount
Lebanon, Mohamed Choucair and another Agreement with the
President of the Association of Lebanese
Businesswomen, Leila Karame.
The Mission ended in Lebanon with a business
dinner, where guests had the chance to degustate
Uruguayan meat and wine.
Signature of a new Cooperation Agreement in
The institutions that manage the policy of
scientific research namely the “National
Agency of Investigation and Innovation” (ANII)
of Uruguay, and the “National Council of
Scientific Research (CNRS), of Lebanon,
signed an Agreement that aims at collaborating
in various areas of research.
The Agreement, that came into force with its
signature, on the 15th of
September 2011 in Beirut, was signed by Dr. Edgardo
Rubianes, Director of the ANII and Dr. Mouin
Hamzeh, his homologue at the CNRS. It was signed
and sealed by the Uruguayan Minister of Foreign
Relations Dr. Luis Almagro and the President of
the Council of the CNRS Dr. Geoges Tomeh, in the
presence of Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure.
"URUGUAY XXI" IN LEBANON:
The Executive Director of the Uruguayan Institute of
Investment and Promotion of exports, Economist Roberto
Villamil, arrived to Beirut in June 2011.
He was able to meet with
representatives of different business Chambers, Lebanese
actors in the economy sector and Authorities, with whom
he has explored the possibilities for mutual commerce
Roberto Villamil with Minister of Economy Mohammad Safadi and Ambassador Jure.
“L'ARTISAN DU LIBAN” IN URUGUAY AND “HECHOACA”
Exceptionally, the annual Salon of Uruguayan
handicrafts "HechoAca" which attracts over
35,000 visitors in a week, invited a foreign
country to exhibit: Lebanon was the first and
only country invited to show its high quality
handicrafts at the Salon of HechoAca, which took
place between the 19 and 28 of September, 2008,
in the exhibition stands of the Technological
Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU), the largest in
“L'Artisan du Liban” was the company invited,
through this exchange initiated by the Embassy
of Uruguay in Lebanon, with the support of the
Embassy of Lebanon in Uruguay and the Lebanese -
Modern handicrafts of HechoAca were exhibited
and sold at the gardens of the Robert Mouawad
Private Museum, then at the “Boutique des
Createurs” of the Museum, L'Artisan du Liban,
Clemenceau Street and the Beirut Chamber of
Commerce, between June and July 2009, with
excellent public receptivity.
The Manager of HechoAca, Mr. Eduardo Pick, was
in Beirut for the occasion, and was able to make
business contacts and to assess the quality of
the Lebanese design.
D) ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY
The School “Oriental Republic of Uruguay” is a
State school situated in Achrafieh, Beirut that offers
primary education to local children and others
coming from "Dar al Aytam al Islamiya" (Orphans'
It was given the name of Uruguay at the
beginning of the 60’s, by initiative of the then
Ambassador José Aiub Manzor
A Commission of support to the School was
created and continuously collaborates to meet
basic needs of the Institution. It is
formed at the present by Mrs. Myriam Azzi,
President, Zoila Nassur, Nelly Mansour, Linda
Chaghoury, Chantale Chelala, Caroline Sarkis,
Dalal Chalhoub, Gioconda Daaboul, Ambassador
Georgine Mallat, Father Elias Salemé, Dr.
Natalia Souteras and Ambassador Dr. Marta Inés
In June 2012, the School was transfered to a
huge and beautiful new building of
seven floors, 18 class by floor, more than 20
laboratories, gymnasium, theater, parking,
covered and opened air playgrounds, etc. The Ministry
of Education of Lebanon expresses this way, its
attachment for the work that is
done by this educational center since many
years ago. It is one of the best premises in the
public education system nowadays in Lebanon. The
Ministry of Education, this Embassy and the support
commission to the School worked to make possible
the moving and the reinstallation in the new
ACTIVITIES OF SUPPORT
- INAUGURATION OF THE NEW PREMISES OF THE SCHOOL
The inauguration was celebrated in the presence
of the Regional Inspector of Primary grade
Mohamad El Jamal and the Director of the School
Mrs. Nawal Rouhana.
Ambassador Jure delivered certificates of
recognition to the Regional Inspector, the
Director of the School and to the Educators and
Medals of the "Ministry of Foreign Relations" of
Uruguay to H.E. the Minister of Education, the
Director General of Education, the Director of
the School and to the President of the Support
Commission to the School "Uruguay".
Teaching Spanish is one of the future
educational projects for the School "Uruguay".
2011 - CHARITY DINNER FOR THE SCHOOL
December 1st, the Commission of Support to the
School "Uruguay" of Beirut, with the Embassy of
Uruguay in Lebanon gathered 180 persons at the
dinner-show in favor of the School.
The dinner was held at the restaurant "La
Dorada sur Mer" and included live music and a
draw (prizes donated by volunteers).
The Embassy expresses its most sincere appreciation to the
Support Commission and to all those who
The President of the
Commission Mrs. Myriam Azzi with her husband
Ambassador Aziz Azzi and their friends.
Toys offered to the
students who cheered up the Support Commission
with their energetic dances
2011 – VISIT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE CHOIR "LA
CHANTERIE DE BEYROUTH"
May 2011, the Director of the Choir "La
Chanterie de Beyrouth", Mrs. Nouha Hatem, was
invited by the Embassy to offer a pleasant
presentation of songs and playtime to the
students of the School "Uruguay".
2010 – CHARITY DINNER
On December 9, 2010, the Support Commission to
the Public School “Uruguay” of Beirut organized,
together with this Embassy, for the second
consecutive year, a charity dinner for the
170 persons attended, including various
Ambassadors. More than 3.000 U$S were collected.
These helped to meet the multiple needs of
the children and the school.
From right to left: Gioconda Daaboul, The
Ambassador of Chile H.E. Pedro Barros, Myriam
Azzi, Jorge Jure, the Ambassador of Colombia H.E.
Rida Al Jure and Antoine Jallad.
Ambassador Al Jure and Dr. Nagi Torbay sing for
the audience. Our compatriot Mariana Dos Santos
Sadek danced flamenco and the professional
singer Carole Farah was invited by the Honorary
Consul Edmond Chaghoury, to perform.
2010 – VISIT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SUPPORT
On December 9, 2010, the members of the Support
Commission to the School Uruguay had a very busy
day: in the morning, they visited to
the School and were received by the Inspector,
the Director, the teachers and all the students,
who prepared very pleasant dances, songs and
On this occasion, Mrs. Caroline Sarkis and Mrs. Sarita
Sarkis offered to the students caps printed with
the Uruguayan flag and surprised them with
Before the end of the year, Mr. Raymond Sarkis
and his wife Hoda offered shoes to all the children.
The School is, like the Embassy, a
representation of Uruguay in Lebanon, a
traditional and known institution that deserves
the best possible support.
2009 – DINNER SHOW
With the help of the Support Commission to the
School a dinner-show was held at the "BUffalo
Grill" in Hazmieh, which was attended by
almost 200 persons. The money collected at the
dinner helped to paint classes, purchase toys
for the students and a photocopy for the School.
During 2008 and 2009, Uruguayans and Lebanese
collaborated to donate to the school audio
equipment, books, school materials and
fans. They made as well contributions to
repair and paint the school premises.
The Honorary Consul Mr. Edmond Chaghoury and his
wife Mrs. Linda Chaghoury donated a big quantity
of toys for the students in December 2008.
Mr. Raymond Sarkis and his wife Hoda donated shoes to
all the students in December 2009.
2006 – BREAKFAST AT THE “BLUE DAWN”
In the morning of June 14, 2006, a charity
breakfast was held in the yacht “Blue Dawn”, organized by the Support Commission to the
School presided by Mrs. Myriam Azzi. The event
was a success and 2.000 dollars were collected
to buy winter clothes and school materials for
students and teachers.
LECTURES AND EXHIBITIONS ABOUT URUGUAY
- On February 2nd, 2012, Ambassador Jure held a
conference during the course of “Tourism and
Heritage” at the University Saint-Joseph of
Beirut, titled “Natural
Uruguay and its culture”.
Reminding in front of the students that Uruguay
and Lebanon are the favourite destination in
their respective regions, Ambassador Jure talked
about the weight of the touristic activity in
the Uruguayan economy, the touristic offers of
Montevideo, Punta del Este, Colonia and the
thermal zone, highlighting the possibilities
that are open in terms of cruise packages, rural
tourism, the maritime coast to the West and East
of Montevideo, and finally emphasizing on the
Tango and the Candombe as part of the cultural
Posters and videos were shown and a group began
to be organized for a trip in 2013.
May 2011, Ambassador Jorge Jure presented to the
students of political science of the University
"Saint-Esprit de Kaslik", a conference in
French, under the title "The foreign
policy of Uruguay in the Middle East", in the
framework of a cycle of lectures, offered by the
Ambassadors of Latin America accredited in
Read about the lecture
On November 9, 2010, Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure
lectured about "Nouveaux liens entre
deux grands petits pays: Le Liban et l'Uruguay",
in the Lebanese - German Cultural Center in the
city of Jounieh. He developed the historic
parallelism of the creation of Uruguay and
Lebanon, their first decades of independent
life, the relation with the neighboring
countries, the international powers of that time
and the foreign policy of Uruguay, as a small
country surrounded by bigger countries.
Ambassador Jure concluded with a review on the
bilateral relation between Uruguay and Lebanon.
In the Safadi Cultural Center of Tripoli, after
the concert offered by Marino Rivero, bandoneón,
and Gabriela Diaz, guitar, photos of Uruguay,
their gauchos and their tangos were displayed.
On Saturday, 23 May 2009.
On November 4, 2008, the Embassy inaugurated an
exhibition of posters, photographs and prints
with landscapes and scenes of Uruguayan life at
the Municipal Hall of Sidon. The exhibition was
inaugurated by Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure and
President of the Municipality of Sidon, Dr.
Abdel Rahman Bizri.
On April 15, 2008, Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure
gave a lecture – for graduated students of
political science at the American University of
Beirut (AUB), during the course of International
Law, on diplomatic status, especially with
regard to the establishment of diplomatic
relations, privileges and immunities.
On October 19, 2005, Ambassador Alberto Voss
Rubio delivered a lecture at the same Institute
titled "Los Premios Cervantes y Uruguay", a
sort of review of Uruguayan literature taking,
as a center figure, Juan Carlos Onetti,
the only Cervantes prize of Uruguay.
On October 5, 2005, a lecture of the
Uruguayan writer of Arab origin Amir Hamed, son
of Ex - Ambassador of Paraguay in Lebanon
Alejandro Hamed Franco and Mrs. Nidia Franco
Ramela, Uruguayan, was offered at the Cervantes
Institute in Beirut on "Troy and the alphabet."
(Troya y el alfabeto).
- “URUGUAY” DAY IN BATROUN, SIDON AND TRIPOLI:
on March 12, 2008, the Embassy organized a visit
for members of the Diplomatic Women's
Association of Beirut to Batroun’s city, located
50kms north of Beirut. Batroun is an ancient
Phoenician city, in which there is evidence of
ruins of Greek, Byzantine, etc...
The purpose of this activity was to entertain
the members of this association on the occasion
of the International Women's Day, as regularly
do various Embassies accredited here.
The event consisted of a tour in the Cultural
Center "Dar El - Mouna," set in an old restored
house in Batroun, The house contains a permanent
exhibition of paintings by Lebanese painters.
For the occasion, a small exhibition of works
from Uruguayan painter resident in Lebanon, Mr.
Bruno Sfeir, was mounted.
Subsequently, the Municipality of Batroun
conducted a tour to the main neighborhoods and
monuments of the city.
Finally, the Embassy hosted a luncheon with
typical Uruguayan food and wines from our
The raffle of a painting rose more than USD 510
for the Uruguay School of Beirut.
Exhibition "Contemporary Art of Uruguay" in
Beirut Souks - June/July 2012
"Contemporary Art of Uruguay", is the title of
the exhibition set up between this Embassy
and "Solidere", at "The Venue",
an exhibition hall where paintings, engravings,
drawings, tapestry and digital arts of 12
artists were shown, between the 19th of June and
the 8th of July.
Antonio Andivero, Federico Brandt, Cecilia
Brugnini, Atilio Buriano, Rimer Cardillo, Carlos
Grippo, Andrés Montani, Miguel Nuñez Rauschert,
Nelson Romero, Bruno Sfeir, Julio Testoni and
José Trujillo Seade are the names of the well
Uruguayan artists part of this
unique event, seen by 2.500 visitors.
Two artists of Lebanese origin (Sfeir and
Trujillo Seade), some of them living out of
Uruguay (Andivero, Cardillo, Grippo,
Nuñez), two of them who came specially to be present
during the exhibition (Grippo and Sfeir), their
works largely attracted the Lebanese
The critics: "An unknown world of art, unveiled.
The exhibition in "The Venue" of contemporary
art brings Uruguay to life" ("The Daily Star");
"Discovering the contemporary art of Uruguay" ("L'Orient
Le Jour"); "The contemporary art of Uruguay,
stars in the Beirut Souks" (l'Hebdo Magazine);
"Twelve contemporary Uruguayan artists and
paintings that exceeded the boundaries" ("Al
In the catalog, with reproductions of one work
by each artist, the Director of the School of
Fine Arts of ALBA, Mrs. Nicole Harfouche, notes that it
is "one of the most outstanding exhibitions"
shown recently in Beirut, and praised the talent
of the participant artists. The publication
comprises comments on each artist and a brief
review on arts in Uruguay by Ambassador Jorge
Luis Jure, who also offered a guided visit.
Icons of a secular country" - Great Masters of
the Uruguayan Art in the cities of Zahlé, Tyre
and Nabatiyeh in 2012
should be noted that in Zahlé, Tyre and
Nabatiyeh, the Embassy mounted, during the
recitals of Mr. Mathías Atchugarry, the
exhibition "Great Masters of the Uruguayan Art".
addition to enabling the promotion of Uruguay,
the tour undertaken by this Diplomatic
Representation with the distinguished Uruguayan
guitar player and the exhibition of photos,
allowed a direct contact with the local
populations, including personalities like
members of the Parliament, Mayors, Directors of
educational centers, teachers, businessmen,
professionals, etc. as well as with the
Uruguayans or persons who live in the visited
zones and linked to the Embassy and to Uruguay,
Day of the inauguration of the exhibition in
Ambassador Jure offering a reproduction of a
painting of Pedro Figari, "El Pericón". to Mrs.
Randa Berry, President of the Association of the
National Association for the Safeguard of the
Heritage in South Lebanon, during the
exhibition in Tyre.
Inauguration of the exhibition at the Kamel
Jaber Cultural Center in Nabatiyeh, with the
presence of Ambassador Jure and MP Yassine Jaber.
"Icons of a secular country" - Great Masters of
the Uruguayan Art in the city of Sidon in 2011
The Embassy presented on May 19, 2011, the
collection of photos that holds the
aforementioned name, taken by the Testoni studio
curated by Mrs. Jacqueline Lacasa.
this opportunity, the exhibition was sponsored
by the French Cultural Center of the Phoenician
historical city of Sidon, and by the Hariri
Foundation. Both Institutions manage the "Khan
El Franj" (Market of the French), hostel o
"Caravan Serail", built in the XVIth Century,
that hosted the images of Blanes, Figari,
Petrona Viera and Rafael Barradas, among others.
Photos appeared in the newspapers "Al Mustaqbal",
"Al Liwaa" and "Al Anwar"
Exhibition of «TOYS"
The photo exhibition
Julio Etchart was moved by this
Embassy from Beirut to the capital of Cyprus in
Etchart came especially to
took photos that were exposed
along with the ones that were already revealed.
He participated as well in the
opening of the exhibition, which took place at
the Municipal Cultural Center "Pallouriotissa
an old market with new features.
In the inauguration, the classic
short film, "Guri"
talks about a country boy,
directed by Eduardo Darino, was projected.
based on a story of J. Serafin
Abandoned playground in the
buffer zone of Nicosia, photo of Julio Etchart
Kindergarten in Nicosia, Photo of
The Mayor of the divided capital
surrounded by(from left to
The President of the "Cyprus
Jorge Luis Jure and
Honorary Consul of Uruguay
who spoke at the opening of the
organized by the institutions
that they represent. This exhibition was
dedicated to the Bicentennial of Uruguay.
Icons of a secular country - Great
Masters of Uruguayan Art in 2010
The collection of 34 photos of Testoni studio,
comprising well-known paintings of Juan Manuel
Blanes, Blanes Viale, Petrona Viera, Figari,
Barradas, Torres-García, José Cuneo, etc., that form
part of an itinerant series at the Ministry of
Foreign Relations of Uruguay, was exhibited by
the Embassy at the University "Academie
Libanaise des Beaux Arts", between the 24th and
30th of November 2010 and at the Safadi Cultural
Center of Tripoli, later on.
Students and professors of the Academy and
public in general, could learn about the history
of art in Uruguay. For this purpose, the
exhibition, titled "Icons of a secular country",
was divided into three sectors: "Beginnings of
the independent life and historic topics.
Academy and personal talents", "The fascination
of the country in post-impressionist and planism
styles" and "Cubism and constructivism: the
An introduction was prepared by Ambassador Jure,
in which he pointed that, in a country
essentially secular as Uruguay, these symbolic
images, of Artigas in front of the Citadel door,
the landing of the 33, etc., constituted,
reproduced and well-known real icons of our
"The exhibition leads the visitor to the heart
of the country... it is a true breeze of fresh
air", notes the newspaper "Al Balad". "Icons of
a secular country shows a big interest as, for
the first time, a confrontation between the
Uruguayan contemporary art with the Lebanese
public is allowed", says the article of "La
Revue du Liban", with five coloured
Icons of a secular Country in Nicosia,
Cyprus in 2010:
same collection of 34 photos was as well
exhibited in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 21st of
April 2010, in the presence of the Mayor of Nicosia, Mrs. Eleni
This activity was complemented with a projection
of Uruguayan films "El Viaje hacia el Mar" of
Guillermo Casanova, "La Cáscara" of Carlos
Ameglio and "Alma Mater" of Alvaro Buela.
Exhibition of the Uruguayan artist Rimer
Cardillo at ALBA in 2009
The artist Rimer Cardillo offered engraving
courses at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts
(ALBA) on April and November 2009.
At the same time, the Alba presented an
exhibition of his works on paper in November
that was accompanied by students’ works. The
public was also able to appreciate the film
"Against the Grain" about another great
Uruguayan artist living and working in that
country for years, Antonio Frasconi, by the
Uruguayan filmmaker Eduardo Darino, who resides
in the United States.
Cardillo's workshop in November was sponsored by
the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in
Beirut as well as by the Embassy of Uruguay.
Exhibition “La Memoria de Beirut” (Beirut’s
Memory) in Montevideo and other Departments:
The photo exhibition of the
Lebanese photographer Ayman Trawi was
inaugurated in Montevideo, on Monday 9th
of March, 2009.
Ayman Trawi took these photos
during the summer of 2002 to show the
destruction and the devastation of the Lebanese
Capital after the war in 1991 and to compare it
with its amazing reconstruction.
The exhibition remained until
April 11, 2009. It was the first step towards an
exchange of photographs between Montevideo and
This exhibition took place in the
"Open-Air Space" of the “Parque Rodo”. At the
opening ceremony were present the Mayor of
Montevideo, Dr. Ricardo Ehrlich, the
photographer Mr. Ayman Trawi and the Director
General of the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon,
Mr. Omar Halablab.
The Lebanese community in Uruguay
as well as the Uruguayan public had the
opportunity to visit the exhibition and
appreciate the amazing work of reconstruction,
example of urban and architectural design.
The exhibition was organized by
the Embassy of Uruguay and the Municipality of
Montevideo - Municipal Center of Photography -
and was supported by Mr. Ayman Trawi and
Lebanese Deputy Saad Rafic Hariri. It was
sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Relations
of Uruguay. The Embassy of Lebanon in Uruguay
and the Ministry of Tourism collaborated in this
Due to its great success, this
photo series was extended several times in
Montevideo. Then it was transferred to other
Departments in Uruguay in a smaller format. This
exhibition was made possible through the
collaboration of the Municipal Center of
Photography of the Municipality of Montevideo,
the Municipality of Lavalleja, the efforts of
Mr. Antoine Abi Saab, active member of the
Lebanese Community in Minas, and the efforts of
Lavalleja branch of World Lebanese Cultural
Exhibition of the Uruguayan artist Bruno Sfeir
On June 19, 2008, on the occasion of the
celebration of the National Day of Artigas’s
Birthday, the Embassy presented, in
collaboration with the Municipality of Jounieh,
show of recent paintings by the Uruguayan artist
The exhibition was held at the Municipal Palace
of Jounieh, between June 19 and July 31, 2008.
Bruno Sfeir was born in San Jose, Uruguay, in
1970. He studied at the “Escuela Nacional de
Bellas Artes” and in the “Club de Grabado” with
Maestro Guillermo Fernandez in Montevideo.
Of Lebanese origins, Sfeir lived for a while in Lebanon.
He has exhibited in Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina,
USA and Kuwait. His last exhibition was held in
Lebanon in 2003.
Bruno Sfeir's creations won several prizes in
Uruguay and abroad.
The exhibition was well appreciated by public
and critics. The articles in the press can be
seen through the following links:
Expo Bruno Sfeir’s critic in “La Revue du Liban”
Expo Bruno Sfeir’s critic in “L’Orient Le Jour”
Expo Bruno Sfeir’s critic in “The Daily Star”
Film Festival in 2012
For the third edition of the Ibero-American Film
Festival, the Embassy of Uruguay presented on
November 8, 2012, the film "Bad Day to go
Fishing" at the Metropolis Cinema.
The film Director is Alvaro Brechner and it was
released in 2009.
For the occasion, Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez, Chargé
d'Affaires a.i. presented a brief description of
the film, highlighting on the awards granted to
this movie as well as on the excellent script
adapted from the story of the Uruguayan writer
Juan Carlos Onetti.
Festival in Cyprus in 2012
Day to go Fishing"
directed by Alvaro Brechner; "The
Pope's Toilet", by
Enrique Fernández and
César Charlone and "La vida útil", by
Fernando Veiroj, were the
selected movies that the Cine Club of Nicosia
screened in the capital of Cyprus,
for the Uruguayan film
Festival, in early June 2012.
Uruguayan Film Series at the University "Saint-Esprit
On March 13, 2012,
the Uruguayan film "Whisky",
by Pablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella was screened
at the University "Saint-Esprit Kaslik".
On the occasion, the
Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure and the
Second Secretary Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez gave
brief introduction of the film highlighting the
position of the movie with in the Uruguayan
and especially in our cinema evolution
in the last 25 years.
Film Festival in 2011
This festival was presented by
the Cervantes Institute
For a week,
the audience could enjoy two different movies
from different countries.
Uruguay showed "El baño del Papa"
with English subtitle,
2004, directed by
Enrique Fernández and César Charlone,
selected and sent
the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Relations.
Holy Father and
the collapse of capitalism",
to social criticism
in the movie.
First Ibero-American Film Festival November 2010
Within this cycle,
organized by the Cervantes Institute in Beirut
in the cinema
Embassy had the pleasure
journey towards the sea"
Guillermo Casanova (2003).
Cinema cyle November 2008
In coordination with the Ministry of Foreign
Relations of Uruguay and the National
Audiovisual Institute, the Embassy presented
five Uruguayan films in a cycle of Uruguayan
Cinema from 17 to November 20, 2008, at the
Cervantes Institute in Beirut.
were: La Espera, by Aldo Garay, 2002; Estrella
del Sur by Luis Nieto, 2002; Alma Mater by Álvaro
Buela, 2004; La Cáscara by Carlos Ameglio, 2007;
The Afro Candombe – Uruguayan, documentary by
Darío Arce and Rafael Gutierrez;
The movies were shown with subtitles in English
The pianist Polly Ferman in Lebanon offered
concerts and gave master classes in 2012
The Embassy of Uruguay and the Embassy of the
United States in Lebanon, coordinated the
visit of the outstanding Uruguayan pianist and
musical director, with American citizenship,
Mrs. Polly Ferman, who performed between May
22 and 31, 2012, in 4 major
solo concerts, gave two master classes as well as two concerts for children with special conditions.
In her recitals,
Ms. Ferman offered a program with pieces of
Uruguayan, Latin American and American composers that she
called "Journey through the Americas" at the
cultural center of Jounieh, "Selecteum des Arts
et des Sciences", the University of
Balamand, at the North of the country, Boukhater Hall in the framework
presented by the National Conservatory of Music and
at the Assembly Hall, of the "American University of Beirut."
Ms. Ferman, renowned interpreter of the
repertoire of the American continent, gave
master classes in several
private universities conservatories
and at the National Conservatory, a concert for
children of "Insan" (children at risk
in street situation,
or from troubled
families) and one for children and teenagers from
various institutions dedicated to minors with
disabilities, the latter was coordinated by the
U.S. Embassy and was held at the
University "Notre Dame".
The coincidence of the presence of Ms. Ferman
and guitarist Mathias Uruguayan Atchugarry in
Lebanon, made the magazine "Magazine" of Beirut,
declare that the month of May 2012 in this
country had the "colours of Uruguay".
Mrs. Polly Ferman at the "Selecteum des Arts et
Recital for children from "Insan" Association
Performances by guitarist Mathias Atchugarry in 2012
Between May 5 and 23, the Uruguayan guitar
player Mathias Atchugarry was in Lebanon, where
performed five concerts as a soloist, three
concerts in duo and gave a master class at the
He performed as a soloist in the cities of Zahle, Jounieh,
Tyre and Nabatieh, presented by the "Lebanese Cultural
Movement" and the wife of the
President of the Lebanese
Parliament Mrs. Randa Berry and in Byblos , where he performed for the annual
dinner of the "Cultural Council" of the region.
soloist, he included works of Uruguayan
composers, of his authorship as composer and of
Latin American musicians.
In duo he performed with the
Lebanese guitar player of Armenian origins, Mr. Edy Dorlian, with the purpose to produce a
He performed at the Governmental
"Grand Serail" opened for this concert
that was under Mr. Najib Mikati Prime Minister's
The concert was attended by more than 700 persons. The
duo also performed at the University of Balamand
(North Lebanon) and at the popular street
"Uruguay", where young people meet at night in
He played compositions of
classical and popular Lebanese, Uruguayan and
Latin American composers. In
Uruguay Street in Beirut, about 2,000 people
attended and it was a great popular success and a
first formal collaboration between the Embassy
"Uruguay Street", a pedestrian area of
Zahle, Tyre and Nabatiyeh, for the occasion of
the recitals of Mr. Mathias Atchugarry, the
Embassy mounted the exhibition "Old
Masters of Uruguayan Art".
Mathias Atchugarry and Edy Dorlian at the Grand
Mathias and Edy Dorlian in Uruguay Street
Concert of the Bicentennial with Maestro
José Serebrier in 2011
On October 28,
in front of
a hall filled with more than 800 persons at
the Church "Saint Joseph", of the Jesuit
Fathers, the Uruguayan Conductor and Composer
Maestro José Serebrier, conducted the Lebanese
The program included songs by Grieg and Strauss
performed by his wife, the famous soprano Carole
Farley, the "Tango in Blue", composed by José
Serebrier and Maestro Serebrier's orchestral version
of the themes of the opera "Carmen" by Bizet, that
worthed him a Grammy in 2004.
The concert was organized by the Orchestra, along with the Embassy and was
sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Relations
of Uruguay, Bank Audi and Air France.
A chronicle titled the concert "Under the
fire of passion". Another magazine said that Maestro Serebrier had
"metamorphosed" the Orchestra making it perform
to its highest technical and interpretive level.
Maestro José Serebrier and Soprano Carole Farley
for their willingness to offer this excellent
concert and congratulate them for their
Serebrier in Beirut on October 28, 2011, with
the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra
First Bicentennial celebration abroad with the
concert of the pianist Polly Ferman in 2011
On Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 of February
2011, this Embassy presented the Uruguayan
pianist Polly Ferman, playing its program
"Tangos, Habaneras, Milongas" at the "Selecteum
des Arts et des Sciences" of Kaslik (Jounieh)
and at the American University of Beirut, along
with the Cervantes Institute.
This was, if not the first, one of the first
celebrations of the bicentennial of Uruguay's
fight for sovereignty that took place outside our country.
The presentation "Selecteum des Arts et des
Sciences" was followed by a nice ceremony, in
which the 200 years of fight for sovereignty of
Polly Ferman at the Cultural Center “Selecteum”,
Commemoration act at “Selecteum” with its
Director Dédé Hourani and Mrs. Pollly Ferman
The Uruguayan pianist at the auditorium
“Assembly Hall” of the American University of
Beirut, attended by over 600 persons.
noted, under the
tango sur clavier, regards de braise et notes de
the piano keys
the gates of the dream,
of the borders,
sun, of the
puts a balm
over the hearts
as a moment of
Nahar" wrote that "Polly
with her fingers
of Latin America
and they were right
piece was elegant, in
the expression of
and appreciation for
all of a tribute to
concerts organized by
the public's attention
The young and talented musician
Uruguayan and Latin
including his own works,
attracting the audience
Two unforgettable concerts of the pianist Raquel Boldorini in
Demonstrating her exquisite training, largely
the result of the relevant former Uruguayan
piano school, Ms. Boldorini offered two
concerts, at the Cultural Centre "Safadi" in the
city of Tripoli on July 3, 2010 and on the 8th
of the same month, in the traditional "Assembly
Hall" auditorium of the American University of
Beirut, which dates from the mid-nineteenth
Century. The concerts were presented by this
Embassy, together with the Instituto Cervantes
in Beirut and the Safadi Center”.
With a tribute to Frederic Chopin, on the 200º
Anniversary of his birth, as the principal
purpose of their performances, the Uruguayan
artist also played pieces by Fabini, Lamarque
Pons and Beatriz Lockhart.
"... Moments of discovery and revelation of
rhythms, beats and melodies ... unpublished
fragrances, sunny and even sensual ... A
performance given with much feeling. And an
absolute captivation, both from the audience, as
from the artist on stage”.
Published "L’Orient Le Jour " in French.
Meanwhile, the main newspaper written in Arabic,
"An-Nahar" ("The Day") titled his review:
"Raquel Boldorini reached the spirit of the
Universe by Chopin," adding "... It was a case
of concentration, focusing on their feelings, their
passion and calm ... Her latest award was the
concentration of appreciation and our applauses,
turning her from her long journey with Chopin,
surrounded by a musical halo”.
Bandoneón and Guitar of Uruguay in 2009
Marino Rivero, considered one of the great
masters of bandoneón and fine guitarist Gabriela
Diaz, offered recitals at the Municipality
Palace of Jounieh, on Thursday, May 21, 2009 and
at the Safadi Cultural Center of Tripoli on
Saturday, May 23, 2009.
On May 22, 2009, they played with the Lebanese
National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by
Maestro Walid Gholmieh. The duo performed works
of Rivero himself, Grieg and the famous
Uruguayan tango and milonga "La Cumparsita” and
The Concert in Re minor of Johann Sebastian Bach
was a success among the audience that filled up
the St. Joseph Church of the Jesuit Priests.
Music critic of May Menassa, journalist for Al
Nahar Newspaper, Monday, May 25, 2009, “BACH
BREATHES THROUGH THE BANDONEÓN - MARINO RIVERO
FROM TANGO TO BAROQUE”.
“The message to the audience is a message of
euphoria and joy, through his box "the
He is a magician with multiple tasks, with his
hands opened, invites to two different worlds,
from many centuries of music, tango and baroque,
Piazzolla and Bach.
The Uruguayan Marino Rivero, whose musical
opening is directed to Argentina and Brazil, the
two neighbors, both export the tango and its
fervent rhythm, as India exports the Afro-Asian
spices, came to Lebanon with his partner
Gabriela Díaz, invited by the National
Conservatory, brought the Latin sun through the
guitar and the bandoneón and a history of rhythm
that captivates people’s feelings everywhere.
They were together, partners in life and at
work, the sober and quiet Gabriela Diaz and
Marino Rivero, the young lover that exceed
seventy and still has in his eyes the glow of
youth and love.
The bandoneón immediately makes known the nature
of its player, loving and nervous, kidnapped by
the melody. Moving to its rhythm, while the
guitar sings the song. In this first part the duo
play Piazzolla, "The history of tango" in 4
exciting parts in its melody and rhythm,
inspired by the region of the Rio de la Plata.
As Rivero closed his eyes in solemn
concentration that made us experience the
essence of Bach, I also, closed my eyes to hear
a very clear ecclesiastical organ coming out of
this instrument. The bandoneón was breathing
through the lungs of Bach, ethereal, undulating
in these exciting trips.
The orchestra began the concert as a grandiose
ceremony, the bandoneón embraced with grandeur
that equaled the orchestral performance. The
interpretation of Bach was very elegant, with a
remarkable devotion, through which Rivero
succeeded in this great concert with the colors
of his flag.”
Beirut World Book Capital
The participation of Uruguay
in the agenda of UNESCO “Beirut, World Book
Capital” 2009-2010 included
the writer Juan Carlos Mondragón, who participated
25 and 26,
2009, in the Colloquium "Ecrivains Arpenteurs
des Villes" organized by the Saint Joseph
An interesting interview with Mondragón was
published in "L'Orient Littéraire" a supplement
of L'Orient - Le Jour on January 9th , 2010 and
focused on the writer Isidore Ducasse, “le Comte
de Lautréamont”, of Basque origin, born in
Uruguay, and his links with our country and the
rebellion of Ducasse.
On December 8, the Embassy presented the book
"La Musica de la Guerra" by Ambassador Alberto
Voss Rubio, in the presence of the author and
the participation of Dr. Georges Naffah, the
Executive Director of "La Revue du Liban" and
"Monday Morning" Mr. Saer Karam and Ambassador
Jorge Luis Jure.
First Ibero - American Writers Meeting and Book Fair:
With great enthusiasm, the ten Latin American
and the Spanish Embassies in Beirut organized
the 1st meeting of Ibero American Writers and
Book Fair, which took place between the 3rd and
the 6th of March, 2010.
The Uruguayan writer, journalist, translator and
teacher Alicia Migdal, appointed by the Ministry
of Education and Culture, represented our
country in various colloquiums and conferences.
Sponsored by this Embassy, Professor Migdal gave
a lecture on Monday, March 1st, - in French- at
the “Université Saint Esprit de Kaslik" on
Migdal participated, along with writers from
other Latin American countries, Spain and
Lebanese, in four lectures: "The Ibero-American
reality through literature”, "Migration and
Literature", "Women and the Ibero- American
literature" and "Ibero America and the Arab
world, prospects for dialogue".
Together with other Ibero - american writers
participating in the meeting, some of them of
Lebanese origin, as Milton Hatoum (Brazil) and
Luis Fayad (Colombia), Migdal referred to Ibero
-american reality reflected in literature,
citing current Uruguayan writers such as Carlos
Liscano and other recently deceased, such as
Mario Levrero, Mario Benedetti and Idea Vilariño.
The Uruguayan Chamber of Books
hundreds of books of different titles that were
exhibited, some sold and others donated to
public libraries and Spanish schools in Beirut,
Tripoli and Kaslik. Hereby we thank the Chamber
and its president Mr. Alvaro Risso for this
relevant collaboration to make known the
writers and the publishing industry of Uruguay.
Photography, books and new photos of Julio Etchart:
The presence in Lebanon of the Uruguayan
photographer- journalist, based in the UK, Julio
Etchart, constituted a remarkable event. The
presentation of his book "Toys" ("Toys"), closed
the UNESCO Programme 2009-2010 "Beirut World
Etchart's visit was organized by the Embassies
of the United Kingdom and Uruguay in Beirut, and
included the presentation of the above mentioned
book of photographs about children playing,
taken across the world. There he shows to us
playing moments in rich and poor places, with
and without luxury toys, children playing alone
and in groups, with "weapons" or flowers and
The launching of the book "Toys" took place at
the Unesco Palace in Beirut on April 14, 2010
and in Tripoli on June 17, accompanied by two
exhibitions of photos of the book, plus those
that Julio took in Lebanon.
In addition, he generously offered photography
workshops for children in Beirut and Tripoli, to
which attended with enthusiasm young students.
The visit of Mr. Etchart allowed for a
multi-cultural experience, through his portfolio
of photos, which was exhibited in other
cities in Lebanon and in Cyprus with new
pictures of Lebanese and Cypriot children. "L'Orient Le Jour"
said that "For
Julio Etchart, photography is a child's game!"
Uruguay School of Beirut – Photo by Julio Etchart
NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND
REPRESENTATIONS OF URUGUAY
OPENING OF THE
"FRIENDSHIP SQUARE" AND RELOCATION OF ARTIGAS
BUST IN JOUNIEH IN 2011
Wednesday, September 14, under a bright sun, the
President of the Municipality of Jounieh, Mr.
Antoine Frem, in the presence of the Uruguayan
Minister of Foreign Relations Dr. Luis Almagro,
accompanied by the Ambassadors of Chile, Dr.
Pedro Barros and Uruguay, Dr. Jorge Luis Jure,
inaugurated the "Friendship Square”
(Sahat Al Sadaqat). There the busts of
General José Artigas and Liberator Bernardo
O'Higgins of Chile are installed on pedestals, on a certain height, surrounded by
gardens and olive trees at the foot of a cliff
that descends towards the sea.
the opening ceremony, the President of the
Lebanese Republic was represented by Deputy Naamtallah Abi Nasr, who also represented the
Presidents of the Parliament and the Council of
Ministers. Speeches were pronounced by the
President of the Municipality of Jounieh, the
Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Relations and the two above mentioned
Upon the suggestion of the Embassy of Uruguay,
national flags of Uruguay, Lebanon and
Chile, will be permanently displayed.
invite all visitors arriving from Uruguay to
Lebanon to visit this Square, which already
constitutes one of the worthiest places of
encounter between these two countries, along
with the Chilean brother people.
The Minister Almagro, MP Abi Nasr, President
Frem and Ambassador Jure
at the time of the opening
Uruguayan friends, Chilean and Lebanese. The
Latin American Ambassadors honored us with their
Inauguration of Artigas' Bust in 2007
On May 15, 2007, Artigas' bust was unveiled
in the city of Jounieh.
At the ceremony there were representatives of
the President of the Republic, Sheikh Wadih El
Khazen, the President of the Chamber of
Deputies, Deputy Naamtallah Abi Nasr, the
President of the Municipality of Jounieh, Sheikh
Joan Hobeiche and the Ambassador Alberto Voss
Rubio, who proceeded
to unveil the bronze bust of the Hero of the
Armed Forces Band opened the event.
The Mayor of Jounieh spoke first and was
followed by Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio.
After discovering the Bust, there were fireworks
and a wreath was laid with a ribbon written on
it "Embassy of Uruguay" and then the messages of
adhesion were read. The first was the message
the Minister of Foreign Relations , Mr. Reinaldo
Gargano, followed by those of the various
associations related to the ceremony, such as the
Lebanese Club, the Association of Lebanese
Women, the Lebanese Society of Soriano, the
Lebanese Society of Montevideo and the Uruguayan
- Lebanese Youth Association (Ajul).
At the end of the act, the public was invited to
a toast; a cake decorated by the Uruguayan flag
was cut while listening to the music of “La
Cumparsita", played by the Military Band.
The installation of this Bust was the crowning
to many efforts done by the Ambassador Alberto
Voss Rubio, the Lebanese Community in Uruguay
and the Municipality of Jounieh.
NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY IN 2012
The Embassy of Uruguay celebrated the Uruguayan
national day in Lebanon on the 19th of June
2012, birthday of Artigas.
For this occasion, a wreath was laid by
Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure and Second Secretary
Nicolás Rodríguez, in front
of the bust of the Uruguayan National Hero,
located in Jounieh, which base was relocated and
over which a new plaque was remade referring to
the collaboration of the Lebanese Institutions of
Uruguay and to the efforts of Ambassador Alberto
Voss Rubio to make it happen in 2007.
collaboration with "Solidere", a
reception was offered in the exhibition hall
"The Venue" in Beirut Souks where an
exhibition of Uruguayan art including paintings,
drawings and engravings was inaugurated at the
same time. 400 persons attended and the President of the Republic,
the President of the Parliament and the Prime
Minister were represented by Deputy Hagop
Pakradounian. The Minister of Culture Gaby
Layoun, the Director General of Education Fady
Yarak, businessmen and Uruguayan
nationals were present.
usual, the National Day of Uruguay was a
generous and original event that gathered the
numerous friends of the Embassy of Uruguay in
Hagop Pakradounian representing the President of
the Republic, the President of the Parliament
and the Prime Miinister, Ambassador Jorge Jure
and Mr. Mounir Douaidy, Director General of
Mrs. Nouhad Fahed, Mrs. Zoila Nassur, Dr.
Nicolás Rodríguez and his wife, Mrs. Liana Ammar
and Mr. Anthony Naim
NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY AND BICENTENNIAL IN 2011
National Day of the country was celebrated on
June 19, birthday
of Artigas. Undisputed protagonist of the
struggles for sovereignty, José Artigas is the
central figure of this Bicentennial that our
country wanted to celebrate with justice this
year. The birth of Artigas was a celebration day
for hundreds of Lebanese, Uruguayans and
foreigners, who attended the invitation of the
Embassy of Uruguay, at the "Martingale"
restaurant, in the famous "Casino du Liban",
reserved for the occasion.
The bay of Jounieh scenery was the perfect place
to listen to the virtuoso Uruguayan guitar
player Mathías Atchugarry, who performed for the
occasion two or three musical pieces, among
them, "La Cumparsita", considered the
of the Uruguayans.
Collaborators and friends of the Embassy facing
the bay of Jounieh
NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY AT RESTAURANT "LE PARTICULIER"
To celebrate the birthday of General José
Gervasio Artigas, June 19, 1764, the Embassy
invited its friends in Lebanon, governmental
or private, the Uruguayan citizens living in
this country and their families, as well as the
Diplomatic Corps accredited in Beirut, to a
reception – exhibition.
It was the official ceremony of the Embassy for
About 300 persons attended the reception at the
restaurant "Le Particulier", in
Central Beirut, where its
elegant two floors were reserved for the
occasion. The President of the Republic, General
Michel Sleiman, was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and
Emigrants, Ali Chami, the President of
Parliament, Nabih Berry, by the Deputy
Alaaeddine Terro, who is also President of the
Uruguayan – Lebanese Parliamentary Friendship
Commission, while the Prime Minister, Saad
Hariri sent on his behalf the Minister of
Industry, Abraham Dedeyan
With the presence of other Ministers,
businessmen and women, personalities of the
cultural and educational fields and
Uruguayan nationals who came from the farthest
corners of Lebanon, the National Anthems
of both countries were sang. Ambassador Jure recalled the
friendship between Uruguay and Lebanon during
many years and the actual state of their relations. The
attendances enjoyed the photo exhibition of
large paintings of Uruguayan art, made by Julio
and Hector Testoni, which was mounted especially
in "Le Particulier" during the evening. The
exhibition, organized by the Uruguayan Ministry
Relations, is touring several countries.
The event was also an occasion to thank all
those who have recently worked with Uruguay and
the friends whom our Country counts on in the
land of the cedars.
Photos of the paintings by Cuneo, De Simone and
Barradas in Beirut
Ambassador Jure with Mrs. Zoila Nassur,
Chancellor, Ms. Chantal Chelala Mansour,Honorary
Cultural Attaché, Dr. Joseph Mansour, Mrs. Linda
and Mr. Edmond Chaghoury Honorary Consul in
Foreign Minister Ali Chami, Ambassador Jure, MP Terro, Minister Dedeyan and Minister
Uruguayans and relatives
Dr. Gladys Braga Arrieta playing tangos and jazz
in front of the Minister of Tourism, Fadi Abboud
and other admirers.
Embassy's staff: Mrs Zoila Nassur, Liana Ammar and
Nouhad Fahed and Mr. Elie Sawaya, Ambassador
Jure and Anthony Naim (intern).
NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY IN THE MOUAWAD
MUSEUM’S GARDENS IN 2009
The National Day of the Oriental Republic of
Uruguay was celebrated on June 22, 2009 to
commemorate the birth of General José Artigas in the beautiful gardens of the Mouawad
Museum of Beirut. At this occasion an exhibition
of Uruguayan handicrafts organized by "HechoAcA" was presented. More
than 300 people attended this event.
The President of the Republic, the President of
the National Assembly and the Prime Minister
were represented by Minister of State Youssef
Takla, Deputy Marwan Fares and Information
Minister Tarek Mitri.
NATIONAL HOLIDAY ARTIGAS' BIRTHDAY IN 2008
On June 19, 2008, the birthday of the National
Hero of Uruguay, General José Artigas, was
celebrated in a reception at the Municipal
Palace of the city of Jounieh, hosted by
Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure as the main and only
official party of Uruguay for this year. He was joined, by representatives
of the President of the Republic, the President of
the National Assembly and the Prime Minister, who
were, respectively, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Emigrants, Faouzi Salloukh, Deputy Naamtallah Abi Nasr and the Governor of Beirut
and the North, Nassif Kallouch.
In parallel, in the Municipal Hall, an
exhibition of paintings by the Uruguayan artist
Bruno Sfeir was inaugurated. Lebanese
authorities, the diplomatic corps and the
Uruguayan community accompanied the members of
the Embassy in this celebration.
GASTRONOMY AND INFORMATION ON URUGUAY IN THE
DIPLOMATIC FAIR AND AT THE USEK
The annual Bazar of charity organized by the
Diplomatic Women's Association in Lebanon
offered the opportunity to promote our country
in providing information and displaying
delicious homemade cookies and meringues,
prepared by the wife of Second Secretary Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez,
Dr. Natalia Souteras de Rodríguez.
Also, during the "Day of the Cultural
Diversity", of the University "Saint-Esprit
Kaslik" (USEK), the Embassy mounted a stand on
which information about the country was
displayed. A video was projected and rich cheese
scones and profiteroles stuffed with dulce de
leche were tasted.
Dr. Natalia Souteras de Rodríguez with her
daughter Luciana offering Uruguayan specialties.
Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez at the stand with
Ambassador Jure and intern Pascale Nacouzi
ACTIVITIES OF VINCULATION WITH THE
LEBANESE COMMUNITY OF URUGUAY
SIGNATURE OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN ALBA - UDELAR
This Agreement was signed on the 11th of October
2012, between the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts
(ALBA) and the University of the Republic of
Many projects are foreseen in this Agreement, for example, the exchange of Professors and
students, exchange of communications and
experiences, as well as studies of architectural projects
between both Universities, etc.
INAUGURATION OF THE MONUMENT "TRIBUTE TO THE
URUGUAYAN - LEBANESE FRATERNITY" IN ZOUK MIKAEL,
The original sculpture of Adela Neffa, was
executed by the Lebanese sculptor Elias Bazouni
and unveiled on the 23rd of October 2012, on the
main highway Beirut-Tripoli at the entrance of Zouk Mikael,
the city from where the parents of Adela Neffa
emigrated to Uruguay .
The execution and installation of the sculpture
was made possible thanks to the contribution of
numerous donors from Uruguay and from Lebanon,
whose names are honorably listed in the "Honor
Board" that can be viewed at the Embassy of Uruguay.
The Monument's height is of 4 mts. and is daily
seen by thousand of people who take the highway.
It symbolizes a hand in a pyramidal shape that,
for the Uruguayan artist, unites the efforts of
the Lebanese and the Uruguayan.
The inauguration was coordinated by Ambasador
Jorge Jure, and by the President of the
Municipality of Zouk Mikael, Dr. Nouhad Naufal.
Many personalities attended to the
inauguration's ceremony. The Deputy Naamtallah Abi
represented the President of the Republic, the
Prime Minister and the President of the Lebanese
Assembly. Ministers, Deputies, Uruguayans and
friends of the Embassy and of the Municipality of Zouk Mikael were as well present.
After the ceremony, Ambassador Jure offered a
reception at "Le Foyer de l'Artisan" in Zouk Mikael,
in order to celebrate and bid farewell to
Authorities and Friends.
SIGNATURE OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN DARBESHTAR AND
the 28/9/12 in Darbeshtar and on the 4/10/12 in
Pando, a brotherhood Agreement was signed
between both cities, united through the
emigration of many families who left from the
North of Lebanon, heading to Uruguay.
The Mayor of Darbeshtar, Ghaoui Chehadé el
Ghaoui, signing with enthusiasm the brotherhood
Agreement (Darbeshtar, 28/9/12)
The Mayor of Pando, Martín Barindelli, after the
signature of the Agreement, with the President
of "Sociedad Hijos de Darbeshtar", Juan José
Reyes, listening to the speech of Ambassador
Jure (Pando, 4/10/12)
the 28/10/12, the Municipality of Darbeshtar
celebrated with a lunch the signature of this
Agreement. Many projects were proposed as for
example the organization of reciprocal visits
for the scouts, photo exhibitions and exchanges
of national products, like the olive oil and the
"TRIBUTE TO THE URUGUAYAN - LEBANESE
FRATERNITY", OF ADELA NEFFA, IN ZOUK MIKAEL, IN
After a fruitful and successful career as a
sculptor, art teacher and educator, Mrs. Adela
Neffa has sent the maquette of a sculpture in
plaster of her own work that carries the name "Tribute
to the Uruguayan-Lebanese fraternity", to the
city of her parents, Zouk Mikael.
December 8, 2011, was the date of the
delivery of the sculpture to the President of
the Municipality, Dr. Nouhad Nawfal, by
Ambassador Jorge L. Jure. The Ambassador invited
some family members of Mrs. Neffa and friends,
to accompany him to the event: Georges Fouad
Naffah, Georges Edde, Raymond Najjar, Martha
Hraoui (famous painter), Johnny Sarkis...
"The hand represents the bridge of union between
the two peoples... The obelisk, figure of the
cultural enrichment and integration... an
indissoluble embrace..." (Adela Neffa)
The President of the Municipality and Ambassador
Jorge L. Jure, who have, with the support of the
persons present, agreed on initiating all the
correspondent arrangements to execute sculpture
to normal size and to install it.
THE LEBANESE HOSPITALITY IS GRATEFUL TO THE “SONS OF DARBESHTAR".
Streets lined with Uruguayan and Lebanese flags were waiting
for Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure at his arrival to
the city of Darbeshtar, where according to history, this was
the road for the pilgrims heading to the Temple
of the Goddess Astarte.
The visit to the city of Darbeshtar, July 26,
2010, which was supposed to be an official one
to the new President of the Municipality, Mr.
Ghaoui Chehade Al-Ghaoui, who was elected last
May, turned to be a vibrant tribute from the
residents to the Lebanese emigration and to
Uruguay. With Boy Scouts forming a guard of
honor. Ambassador Jure and President Al Ghaoui
walked through the beautiful streets and old
churches of the city, ending the day with a gala
dinner, where everyone danced with energy the
Dabke and where the echo of the anthems and the
speeches still remain.
Mr. Al Ghaoui, accompanied by members of the
council and notable residents, especially the
Lebanese -Peruvian Dr. Jose Antonio Boughosn and
former Secretary General of the World Lebanese
Cultural Union, Mr. Youssef Francis, exceeded in
hospitality, paying attention to all details and
Darbeshtar is a town of about 5,000 inhabitants,
half of whom live abroad or in other areas of
Lebanon and has many families in Uruguay such as: Apud or the Abboud, Andare (or Endere), Bugosen
(BouGhosn) Segbe or Zogbe (Zoghbe) Seluja,
Cheluhi (Chelouhe), Sassine, Hamoura, Faisal,
Buchehin (BouShahine), Bettur …
That day deserves to be transmitted in detail,
as it was a tribute to the Lebanese Community of
Uruguay and especially to the Society “The
Children of Darbeshtar", which celebrated 65
years of foundation in 2010. Every detail was
designed for them. Darbeshtar wants to resume
contact with its residents in Uruguay, to know
their names and that of their ancestors, as well
to collaborate with the city of Pando, Canelones,
where settled many descendants of the beautiful
city of Darbeshtar, Department of Koura, Lebanon
front of the Municipality
Showing how "The Sons of Darbeshtar" maintained
united and still remember their village
With Mr. Zogbi
With the family of Mrs. Hassibe Sassine
The President of the Municipality Mr. Ghawi Al
Ghawi addressing his speech to the public during
the dinner in honor of Uruguay
PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES OF URUGUAY
DRAW "URUGUAY STREET"
On the 12th of October 2012, the organizers
of the lively "Uruguay Street" at Beirut
Downtown, celebrated its first anniversary.
Two groups of Latin rock animated the event
and a draw for two tickets to visit Uruguay
The promotion of "Uruguay Street" was posted
on Facebook for two months and 2.500
subscribers clicked "Like" in the page where photos of
tourism of Uruguay were published.
This event was held with the support of the
Embassy of Uruguay.
The ranch "Martin Pescador" in
Uruguay and the Municipal
Departments of Montevideo and Maldonado
collaborated with the Embassy of Uruguay, by
offering accommodation in hotels for
the winners of the contest.
It was a great publicity for Uruguay
HUMANITARIAN AID TO LEBANON
On March 21, 2007, Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio
accompanied by the Honorary Cultural Attaché of
the Embassy Mrs. Chantal Chelala, were present
at the dock 21 of the Port of Beirut during the
opening of 40-foot container loaded with
medicines, clothing and food, donation from the
Uruguayan people to Lebanon, as aid for the
devastating war of July-August 2006.
This donation was coordinated in Uruguay by the
Lebanese Committee for Social Assistance,
representing the Lebanese Collectivity in
Uruguay and by the Lebanese Ambassador in
Montevideo, Mr. Victor Bitar.
On behalf of the President of the High Committee
for Social Assistance in Lebanon General Yahya
Raad, the General Coordinator of the Agency, Mr.
Mohammed Mamlouk, was present at this opening,
as well as officials from the Direction of
The shipment consisted of 646 boxes taped by the
Uruguayan flag with an Arabic inscription
reading "Gift from the Uruguayan people”.