Eritrean community members in Milano, Firenze and Bari, Italy, on 19 May celebrated the 22nd Independence Day anniversary with patriotic zeal.

During the observance conducted in Milano, in which a number of Eritreans, representatives of different associations in Italy and friends of Eritrea participated, Mr. Michael Isak, Chairperson of Holidays Coordinating Committee in the city, said that celebrating national holidays in general and Independence Day in particular is a top Eritrean value, and called for renewing commitment to strengthen participation in national development programs.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zemede Tekle, Eritrean Ambassador to Italy, pointed out that external conspiracies against the Homeland havemay-22-millan been foiled through staunch resistance of the Eritrean people and stressed that the Eritrean people living inside the country and abroad need to assume major responsibility to ensure the economic progress besides reinforcing national unity.

He further commended the efforts being undertaken by the Eritrean youths to preserve the country’s sovereignty and ensure food security.

The occasion highlighted different programs and cultural shows.