Indonesian govt offers condolences over Fidel Castros death

The Indonesian government and people have offered condolences to the people and Government of Cuba in the wake of the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Saturday, November 26.

“May he rest in peace,” the ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said here on Sunday.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry released a statement on Sunday after Cuba officially announced that Fidel Castro had died at age 90.

Castro has been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006.

Nasir said Indonesia grieved over the loss of Castro and prayed that his family, government, and people of Cuba would be given strength on the passing of Castro.

Fidel Castro took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years with a mix of charisma and iron will, creating a one-party state and becoming a central figure in the Cold War.

He was demonized by the United States and its allies but admired by many leftists around the world, especially socialist revolutionaries in Latin America and Africa.

Indonesia and Cuba established the diplomatic relations in 1962 and Indonesia opened its Embassy in Havana in 1963.

Since then, Indonesia and Cuba have enjoyed good relations both in bilateral and multilateral cooperation, particularly in South-South cooperation.

Indonesia also welcomed the re-establishment of the ties between Cuba and the US on July 20, 2015.

As a country which has good relations with Cuba and the US, Indonesia hoped that the normalization of relations between the two countries will promote peace in the region and the world.

Source: Antara News