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'Year of Germany in Mexico' celebrated by Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in Mexico at the head of a German delegation. Mexico and Germany are celebrating a year of activities and programs to strengthen ties across a range of areas.

Under the theme "Alliance for the Future," the two countries have organized 120 projects and more than 1,000 individual events in 13 Mexican cities in order to strengthen ties between Mexico and Germany.

A concert by the German and Mexican youth philharmonic orchestras in Mexico City is being held during Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's visit to Mexico to mark the "Year of Germany in Mexico." The initiative aims to strengthen cultural, educational, scientific, economic, tourism and scientific relations.

Other events underway include "The Beautiful Language of the Maya" at the Gropius Bau museum in Berlin and an exhibition of the expressionist painter Otto Dix at the National Museum of Art in Mexico City.

A goal of the "Dual Year" is to give greater visibility to Mexican-German relations.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto had visited Berlin in April to mark the start of the yearlong series of events in Germany.

Steinmeier visiting Teotihuacan, an ancient site near Mexico City

Steinmeier visiting Teotihuacan, the ancient site near Mexico City

On Sunday, Steinmeier went to the the pre-Aztec city of Teotihuacan, 48 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of modern-day Mexico City. In the first half of the 1st millennium AD, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas.

Mexican archaeologists recently discovered a tunnel with huge monolithic green stones under the "Temple of the Moon," the largest structure in Teotihuacan.

Patricia Espinosa, Mexico's ambassador to Germany launching the Year of Mexico in Germany.

Patricia Espinosa, Mexico's ambassador to Berlin, launching the "Year of Mexico in Germany."

German and Mexican cooperation

Germany and Mexico cooperate across a range of issues at the bilateral and international level. Germany is Mexico's fifth-largest trading partner, and Mexico is a major center of investment and production of German automobiles.

As part of the yearlong events being organized, Mexican professor of math and computer science at the Free University of Berlin, Raul Rojas, is to provide 10 Mexican universities with scale models of self-driving cars developed by his team. The two sides will then work to further develop this cutting-edge technology. Projects like this will help to further cooperation between Mexico and Germany in the automotive industry.

Car plants in Mexico

Car plants in Mexico

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