HAVANA, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Writers attending the 29th International Poetry Festival of Havana in Cuba expressed their support for peace, dialogue and justice.
The event running from Monday to Saturday gathered writers from more than 15 countries including Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay and Bolivia.
Hosted by the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC), the festival featured book launchings, poetry readings, concerts and art exhibitions.
Brazilian writer Thiago Ponce de Moraes said that he felt honored to visit Cuba and promote brotherhood as the world is going through a complex crisis.
"We can share the strength of words through poetry," he said. "I am very happy to see here poets I have met over the past editions of this event."
Mexican poet Alejandra Torres told Xinhua she has always stood in support of justice and global understanding.
Cuban writer Alex Pausides, president of the festival, told Xinhua that this literary event also denounces the six-decade U.S. embargo against the Caribbean nation.
"This is a platform for solidarity with the peoples of the world in their fight for a fairer world and seeking of peace," he said.
Pedro de la Hoz, deputy president of the UNEAC, said that poetry is a bridge of communication to increase international cooperation amid world challenges.
"I feel poetry can very much contribute to promoting dialogue, solidarity, and friendship among peoples," he said. ■