I am profoundly saddened at the passing away of Commander Fidel Castro of Cuba, a heroic figure and an influential personality on the world stage.
In his death, the people of Cuba have lost the architect of their revolution and the developing countries of the world a champion of equality and justice.
He was a dear friend of India, and would continue to be remembered here, particularly for his role in the Non-Aligned Movement. I had the privilege of meeting him during my visit to Havana in October 2013.
President Pranab Mukherjee delivered a speech on Saturday as he paid tribute to Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who died on Friday night.
“I’m deeply sad to learn of Former Cuban President Fidel Castro's demise,” said the President.
Fidel Castro led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half century rule. The Former President also shared a good relationship with India as he was close to Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
On the occasion of the demise of the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba declares nine days of national mourning, from 06:00 hours on November 26 to 12:00 hours of December 4, 2016.
During the period of the National Mourning will cease the activities and public shows, the national flag will wave at half mast on public buildings and military facilities. The radio and television will maintain historical, patriotic, and informative programming.
Nepal, November 10, 2016. The Cuban ambassador to India, concurrent in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, Oscar Martínez Cordoves, was received today in a solemn hearing by the President of Nepal, His Excellency Ms. Bidya Devi Bhandari, to whom he presented the Credentials Letters accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cuba in that country.