During the event that concluded a few hours ago in the city of Tarquinia, Lazio region, Cuban Ambassador Mirta Granda praised life, work and legacy of the independence hero who fell in combat on May 19, 1895, and inspired current revolutionary process in Cuba.
Granda presented a text by poet and writer Miguel Barnet, on the links between Martí and great Cuban thinker Fernando Ortíz, in relation to cultural identity, anti-racism, humanist practice and the role of both (Martí and Ortíz) in shaping the definitive map of Cuban identity as a nation.
The event, organized by the Semi di Pace Association, was attended, among other guests, by Italian Member of the European Parliament Massimiliano Smeriglio, Marco Papacci, president of the National Association of Italy-Cuba Friendship (ANAIC), and ambassadors of Nicaragua and Bolivia, Monica Robelo and Sonia Brito, respectively.
Also in attendance were representatives of other diplomatic missions in Italy and international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), based in the capital, including officials from Panama, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico and El Salvador.
Luca Bondi, president of Semi di Pace and member of the World Council of the José Martí Project, in his role as host thanked attendees including members of the Regional Council of Lazio for their deep interest in the event, which encourages reflection on the relevance of Marti’s ideas in present times.