¡Viva Fidel! A true friend of CARICOM

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: THE CARIBBEAN Com­mu­nity (CARICOM) is deeply sad­dened by the death of His Ex­cel­lency Fidel Cas­tro Ruz, the for­mer pres­i­dent of Cuba.

Dur­ing his more than 40 years at the helm of the Cuban Rev­o­lu­tion, pres­i­dent Cas­tro trans­formed his coun­try through im­pres­sive achieve­ments in health, ed­u­ca­tion, sports, cul­ture, science and other ar­eas of hu­man and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. His com­mit­ment to so­cial jus­tice and dig­nity for all peo­ple earned him global recog­ni­tion and a stature as one of the in­flu­en­tial world lead­ers of his time.

He gen­er­ously shared his coun­try’s ex­per­tise with other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and CARICOM mem­ber states have bene- fit­ted sig­nif­i­cantly, and con­tinue to do so, from Cuba’s con­tri­bu­tion to their de­vel­op­ment. In recog­ni­tion of his role in that re­gard, the CARICOM Heads of Gov­ern­ment be­stowed an hon­orary Or­der of the Caribbean Com­mu­nity on Pres­i­dent Cas­tro, the only such honour granted to a non-CARICOM cit­i­zen.

The Caribbean Com­mu­nity joins in sol­i­dar­ity with the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Cuba and mourns with them the pass­ing of this truly great and iconic fig­ure whose name sym­bol­ised a rev­o­lu­tion. ¡Viva Fidel! A true friend of the Caribbean Com­mu­nity. ROOSEVELT SKERRIT Prime Min­is­ter of Do­minica Chair­man of CARICOM

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