Havana, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Heads of State and Government, as well as delegations from several countries, are taking part today in the posthumous tribute to historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro.
Presidents of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro and Bolivia Evo Morales, along with their foreign ministers, as well as Vice-President of the People’s Republic of China Li Yuanchao and his delegation, paid tribute to Fidel Castro at the Jose Marti Memorial in Plaza de la Revolucion.
After arriving at the International Airport, Maduro expressed his solidarity and support to the people of Cuba in these farewell days and said that it is difficult and strange to be here and not to have Fidel physically.
‘This is a painful time for the loss of a brother, a comrade, friend Fidel Castro (…) I come on behalf of the Bolivian people to thank for the unconditional help and solidarity with my country,’ said Evo Morales.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras offered his condolences on behalf of his people and government, stating that it is an honor to be here to pay tribute to Fidel, ‘a great personality who inspired not only Cuba and Latin America, but the whole world.’
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe thanked the help given by Cuban Commander in Chief Fidel Castro to his country and the peoples of Africa.
‘This loss is also felt by other communities and regions of Africa, Fidel was not only your leader, but also ours (…) until soon comrade, dear brother’, he said.
Meanwhile, Li Yuanchao, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said when arriving in Cuba that Fidel is the leading and brilliant leader of the Cuban people and also a great revolutionary and friend.
Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang also offered his condolences after arriving in Havana and said that Fidel ‘has been a fighter, exemplary and internationalist’, who helped his country to win the independence.
President of Angola Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, president of the Council of the Nation of Algeria Abdelkader Ben Salah and emeritus king of Spain Juan Carlos I also arrived in Cuba to participate in the funeral ceremony.
Prime Ministers of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves, as well as a delegation from Vietnam, led by National Assembly President Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, arrived in Cuba yesterday.