María Romero, ICAP president in the province, gave Franco Tonon the accrediting diploma Colectivo Aniversario 60

The return, this week, of the members of the circle in Lodi of the Italy-Cuba National Friendship Association (ANAIC) renews the solidarity embrace between the activists of that city in the Italian Lombardy with this province of eastern Cuba because, after almost three years of face-to-face distance, the European friends are back.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted their annual contacts here in 2020 and 2021. However, after Cuba's success in controlling SARS-CoV-2, they are back. That makes Franco Tonon very happy, who leads the Lodi circle. "To talk with the people of the city; and the most important thing, when we return, our battle continues in defense of friendship with Cuba and Las Tunas. We are a little bit of Lodi and a little bit from Las Tunas," he told the press after holding the first official contact with the Provincial Delegation of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP). There, María Romero, her president in the province, gave them the accrediting diploma Colectivo Aniversario 60 of the solidarity institution.

In these two years, the activists did not sit idly by, Tonon said. They continued their denunciation of the U.S. blockade against Cuba and supported the presence in Lombardy of the Cuban medical brigade that faced the worst moment of the coronavirus. That gesture of Cuba, he assured, made a deep impression on Italian society.

After talking with the head of the Department of Foreign Trade, Foreign Investment, and Economic Collaboration of the Provincial Government, Salvador Sariol Vistorte, who updated them on the portfolio of opportunities for foreign investment in Las Tunas, the Europeans will meet the specialists from the Cardiology service of the Ernesto Guevara de la Serna General Teaching Hospital.

The agenda of the members of 38 Giovanni Ardizzone Volunteer Work Brigade in the land of Vicente García also includes contacts with workers and directors of the Stainless Steel Company (ACINOX Las Tunas) and the Majibacoa Sugar Company. Likewise, they will deliver a donation to the House for Children without Family Protection, located in the La Victoria district, in the provincial capital.

The circle in Lodi is one of the most active within those that make up the ANAIC Coordination in Lombardy, as it has been present in many of the actions of direct collaboration and cultural exchange between that region and more than 200 educational, sports, cultural, and economic institutions of Las Tunas. All as part of the twinning between Lombardy and Las Tunas that celebrated its 25th anniversary last March.