Havana, Nov 26 (IANS) Several world leaders have condoled the death of iconic Cuban revolutionary and former President Fidel Castro, with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev hailing Castro for “strengthening” his island nation despite the US blockade.
Gorbachev, who was General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991, when the party was dissolved, said in a message: “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,” Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.
He added that Castro would be remembered as a “prominent politician” who managed to leave a “deep mark in the history of mankind.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his condolence message, said “India mourns the loss of a great friend.”
“I extend my deepest condolences to the government and the people of Cuba on the sad demise of Fidel Castro. May his soul rest in peace,” Modi said in a tweet.
“We stand in support with the Cuban government and the people in this tragic hour. Fidel Castro was one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century. India mourns the loss of a great friend,” he said.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death of “friend of India” Fidel Castro.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Twitter: “I lament the death of Fidel Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban revolution and emblematic reference of the 20th Century… Fidel Castro was a friend of Mexico, a promoter of a bilateral relationship based in respect, dialogue, and solidarity.”