OFFICIAL STATEMENT 051
Spain expresses condolences over death of Eusebio Leal

​The Government of Spain deeply regrets the death in the city of Havana of Eusebio Leal Spengler, city historian and MP for the National Assembly

31/07/2020

Dr Leal was an indisputable leader of the recovery and rehabilitation process of the Cuban capital, with its unrivalled architectural and city heritage.

He was a very erudite individual with great charisma, under whose management the City’s Historian Office became the driver of many heritage and social initiatives to the benefit of Old Havana. In fact, this office has become one of the main partners of the Spanish cooperation projects in Cuba in recent decades, from the workshops to the latest Accessibility Plan to Old Havana.

Dr Leal always promoted the defence of Spain’s legacy in Old Havana and, in general, in Cuba, and was a key individual in enhancing our bilateral relations.

On the occasion of the State visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain within the framework of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana last November, Dr Leal received the Grand Cross of Carlos III from His Majesty the King.

The government expresses its deepest sympathies to his family and to all the Cuban people over this sad loss.

 

 

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