Mexico Square

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Coordinates: 9°00′37″N 38°44′40″E / 9.010223°N 38.744509°E / 9.010223; 38.744509

Light Rail overpass over the traffic Circle of Mexico Square

Mexico Square is a traffic circle in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia named after the country of Mexico. After the Second Italo-Ethiopian War, Mexico was one of only five countries that refused to recognize Italy's annexation of Ethiopia. Mexican support for an independent Ethiopia was a key event in Ethiopia–Mexico relations.

The Addis Ababa Light Rail system has an overpass over Mexico Square.[1] In 2013, much of the square was demolished to make way for the train.[2] Mexico station is located about 500 meters to the east of the traffic circle.

There was a corresponding Ethiopia Square in Mexico City, which was also the location of a traffic circle.[3] Ethiopia Square was replaced by a metro station, Metro Etiopía.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dogbevi, Emmanuel K. (29 October 2015). "Riding the rails in Addis Ababa". Ghana Business News. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ Woldegebriel, Yohannes (24 November 2013). "How Ethio-Mexico Diplomacy Lost Its Icons Carelessly". Addis Fortune. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. ^ Vestal, Theodore M. (2011). The Lion of Judah in the New World Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the Shaping of Americans' Attitudes Toward Africa. Westport: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313386213.