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Cuban lawmaker visits municipal seat of Italian city of Catanzaro

Calabria, Italy, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban lawmaker Mariela Castro visited the municipal headquarters of the Italian city of Catanzaro, in the company of Ambassador Mirta Granda, as part of a tour of the region of Calabria on Sunday.

Previously, the delegation visited the local representation of the left-wing Potere al Popolo political movement, where they were welcomed by Fabrizia Passafaro, who is a member of that force and the Italy-Cuba National Friendship Association (Anaic).

Mayor Nicola Fiorita expressed gratitude for the presence of both Cuban representatives, whose visit she described as a contribution to strengthening ties with the Caribbean nation.

Communal Council President Gianmichele Bosco highlighted at a rally in the main hall of that institution the importance of Cuban doctors in this Italian region to support a deteriorated healthcare system.

Bosco pointed out that the municipal administration of Catanzaro is new and “wants a fairer, more equitable society, that is the objective” and in this regard, it is necessary to learn from Cuba’s experience, because “while others export weapons, that small country offers solidarity.”

Ambassador Granda expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and underscored the role of Anaic, and particularly that of its president, Marco Papacci, and its coordinator in Calabria, Pino Scarcelli, for their organization of the tour, which started on February 15 and will end on Sunday, after including Milan, Genoa, Florence, Turin, Rome and Pescara.

In her speech, legislator Mariela Castro pointed out that “when there is political will and honest politicians, it is possible to develop social projects that help improve a region.”

When there is a need for help, she asserted, Cuba has always shown its willingness to help with its human resources, in the fields of medicine, education, scientific research, academics, and other areas.

The Cuban Revolution is made with the people and for the people, with the human being at the center of its objectives, and both health and education are major spheres, for which reason an important part of the national budget is allocated to these purposes, she explained.


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