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CUBAN FIRST VICE PRESIDENT SIGNS MANDELA CONDOLENCE BOOK IN HAVANA

December 11, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

Cuban President Raul Castro with First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez



FIRST Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel Bermudez signed the condolences book at the South African embassy in Havana in posthumous tribute to former President Nelson Mandela.

In the name of the Cuban government and people, Díaz Canel, member of the Communist Party Political Bureau, expressed the great loss to Cuba signified by the death of Mandela, a great friend.

"In Mandela, as Cubans, we recall the complete, valiant revolutionary, the political leader and defender of peace, social justice, equality. We also appreciate the untiring fighter, firm in his convictions," he wrote.

Díaz-Canel also made reference to Cuba’s modest contribution to liberation struggles in Africa and the defeat of the apartheid regime. "Mandela recognized that we Cubans did not go there to colonize, but to share the same trenches."

Other signatories of the condolences book were Communist Party Political Bureau members Esteban Lazo Hernández and Abelardo Colomé Ibarra, President of the National Assembly of People's Power and Minister of the Interior, respectively. Also present at the embassy were José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, member of the Party Secretariat and head of its International Relations Department; Council of Ministers Vice Presidents Antonio E. Lusson and Ulises Rosales del Toro; and Acting Foreign Minister Marcelino Medina.

Napthal Manana, the South African ambassador in Havana, expressed his thanks for the solidarity shown by Cuban authorities and the people with his country’s government and the family of the deceased leader, who considered Cuba a great friend. - Granma



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