YEREVAN (A.W.)—Armenian President Serge Sarkisian send a letter of condolences to the Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz on the occasion of the death of his brother Fidel Castro Ruz, extending and solidarity to him and the people of Cuba.
“The role and significance of Fidel Castro in the modern history of Cuba is, indeed, hard to overestimate. This is bereavement for the people of Cuba who sincerely loved and respected him. Remaining faithful to his ideologies and principles until the end and preserving the brave and noble qualities, Fidel Castro will continue inspiring and guiding the new generations of Cubans”, read a part of the letter, according to the press office of the President of Armenia.
Fidel Castro was a revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba for 47 years as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2006 (de jure until 2008). Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party socialist state; industry and business were nationalized, and state socialist reforms were implemented throughout society.
Cuban state television announced that Castro had died on the night of Nov. 25. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. His brother, President Raúl Castro, confirmed the news in a brief speech. Castro was cremated the following day, on Nov. 26.