Bust of Dominican Republic's founder Juan Pablo Duarte unveiled in Cairo

Amr Yehia , Wednesday 6 Sep 2023

The embassy of the Dominican Republic in Egypt held a ceremony to unveil the first bust in Egypt and Africa of Juan Pablo Duarte, the founder of the Dominican Republic.

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Andy Rodriguez, charge de affairs of Dominican Republic, Al-Ahram editor Amr Yehia, Minister Counselor Kenia Liranzo, and Counselor Yasir Mateo Candelier


The bust was unveiled on Monday at Horreya Park in Zamalek.

The unveiling was attended by Andy Rodriguez, charge de affairs of the Dominican Republic embassy in Cairo; Ambassador Ashraf Mounir, deputy vice-minister of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; together with representatives of the diplomatic corps in Cairo and public and intellectual figures.

Rodriguez expressed his pride in commemorating the founder of the Dominican Republic “who, together with other heroes, sacrificed their lives to establish our free, sovereign, and independent nation.”

“This monument will honour the legacy of Duarte and will attract Dominican and foreign tourists, as well as Egyptians in Cairo.”

“This event will reinforce the excellent brotherhood between Egypt and the Dominican Republic,” Rodriguez concluded.

Ambassador Mounir praised Egyptian relations with the Latin America states, especially the Dominican Republic’s important role in promoting tourism.

He also praised the distinguished work carried out by Rodriguez and the embassy staff, pointing to their role in coordinating the performance of renowned Dominican violinist Aisha Syed at the Cairo Opera House in June.

He also pointed to the country’s participation in the Cairo International Book Fair in January for the first time ever.

“All these activities undoubtedly support the development of bilateral relations between Egypt and the Dominican Republic,” Mounir said.

He concluded by congratulating the embassy on the unveiling of the bust.

‘Father of the Nation’

Juan Pablo Duarte was born on 26 January 1813. He was a military leader, writer, activist, and nationalist politician who is known as the “Father of the Nation.”

Duarte, along with General Ramón Matías Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, organized and promoted La Trinitaria, a secret society that fomented the Dominican War of Independence in 1844 that eventually resulted in the country gaining its independence from Haiti.

However, he clashed with other powerful Dominican figures, including the wealthy pro-Spanish strongman Pedro Santana. Santana out-maneuvered Duarte, sending him into exile. Duarte eventually died in Venezuela in 1876.


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