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Prime Minister Skerrit has released Government’s statement on passing of Cuba’s President Fidel Castro. … It was with sadness that I received the news of the passing of Comrade Fidel Castro, the former President and Leader of the Cuban Revolution, and the Cuban people. Fidel Castro was somebody who had a very long and positive impact on the entire world, having served for several decades.
Not only his long-standing leadership of Cuba that is of note, but his generosity to the world, and the impact which Cuba made on Freedom for many countries. In South Africa, Cuba was very instrumental with the ANC in fighting for the equal rights of people of colour. Also in many African countries, Cuba played a very critical role in the freedom of black people, African people.
In terms of health care and education, I believe that every country in this world would have been impacted by the generosity of the Cuban leader, Fidel Castro. He was a well-respected world leader. In Dominica, every sphere of our society has been impacted by the generosity of Fidel Castro.
We will certainly miss him a lot, and miss his presence in the world. We wish to extend our sincere condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Dominica, and on behalf of myself and my family, to the Government, his brother Raul, the Cuban people, and the Cuban Ambassador resident here in Dominica – our sincere and deepest condolences on the passing of Fidel.
I have had the occasion over an extended period of time to interact with him. I consider him to be a mentor, I consider him to be a friend. I have learned quite a bit from him, in terms of his leadership, and how he views world issues.
In recognition of his life and his contribution to Dominica and the Caribbean region, our flags in Dominica will be flown at half-staff until the day after his burial, as a sign of our respect, admiration, and appreciation for his contribution to Dominica.
Fortunately for us, we had the opportunity to bestow upon him a few years ago, the highest national award of our country, in recognition of his contribution to Dominica, and his contribution to the region.
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