Putin, Zuma, Hollande Other World Leaders React To Fidel Castro’s Death

By Ikenga Chronicles November 26, 2016

Putin, Zuma, Hollande Other World Leaders React To Fidel Castro’s Death

There was mixed reaction on Saturday of the death of Cuba’s Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro on Saturday, November 26 as world leaders took turns to pay the decease tribute.

Ikenga Chronicles had reported that the the death of the Communist revolutionary leader was announced by his brother President Raul Castro on national television. He was aged 90.

“The name of this distinguished statesman is rightly considered the symbol of an era in modern world history,” the Russian president Vladimir Putin said in a telegram to Cuban President Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother.

He added: “Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia.”

Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev was also quoted as saying: “Fidel stood up and strengthened his country during the harshest American blockade, when there was colossal pressure on him and he still took his country out of this blockade to a path of independent development.

“In the past years, even when Fidel Castro was not formally in power, his role in strengthening the country was huge.”

Also, Jacob Zuma, the South African president gave one of the warmest tributes to the late Cuban leader.

“President Castro identified with our struggle against apartheid. He inspired the Cuban people to join us in our own struggle. As a way of paying homage to the memory of President Castro, the strong bonds of solidarity, cooperation and friendship that exist between South Africa and Cuba must be maintained and nurtured,” Zuma said.

French President, Francois Hollande in his tribute said; “An actor of the Cold War… he represented, for Cubans, pride in rejecting external domination,” Hollande added, alluding to Castro’s opposition to the United States.

The Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro said of Castro on Twitter: “It is up to us to continue his legacy and carry his flag of independence.”

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi  sent his “deepest condolences” to Cuba. “May his soul rest in peace,” he tweeted.

“Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend.”

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