India’s Modi extends condolences on Fidel Castro’s death; calls him ‘a great friend’
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India’s Modi extends condolences on Fidel Castro’s death; calls him ‘a great friend’

CUBA has announced the death of its former leader Fidel Castro, who died at the age of 90 on Friday.

The Communist leader’s younger brother, President Raul Castro, made the live announcement on state television.

“At 10.29 at night, the chief commander of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, died,” he said, without giving a cause of death.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on the death of Castro via Twitter, referring to Castro as “one of the most iconic personalities of the 20th century” and “a great friend”.

The President of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan, and Chief minister of Indian state Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, also tweeted their condolences.

The chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Imran Khan, said Castro had “liberated his nation from all vestiges of imperialism”.

He also said that Pakistan would not forget Cuba’s support in the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in the disputed territory of Kashmir, which killed around 75,000 people.