Havana, Cuba.- Cubans and Haitians on Monday evoked the humanism and solidarity of the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), in the context of the 20th anniversary of cooperation between Havana and Port-au-Prince.

Fidel Castro, with his greatness of soul and humanism, promoted the Yes, I Can literacy program in Haiti two decades ago, guided by the thought of the Apostle Jose Marti who said ‘to be educated to be free’, recalled Elvira Beauchard, Chargé d’Affaires of the Haitian Embassy in Cuba.

According to Beauchard, the cooperation between both countries is of great importance and is based on inviolable principles such as mutual respect.

At the event, held at the venue of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP), the diplomat explained that the celebration coincides with the 215th anniversary of the Battle of Vertieres that marked the path to her country’s independence.

During the event, the contribution by Haitian residents in Cuba in the literacy campaign carried out in Cuba in 1961 was recognized.

The screening of testimonies on the subject and a photo exhibition on Cuban medical collaboration in Haiti, by the French photographer Guy Malaterre, was also part of the celebration.