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Cuba: Greek PM Tsipras arrives in Havana to pay tribute to Castro00:51

Cuba: Greek PM Tsipras arrives in Havana to pay tribute to Castro

Cuba, Havana
November 29, 2016 at 10:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Havana on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Tsipras appears to be the only European Union leader who plans to attend Castro's funeral.

Upon arrival, Tsipras said: "it is a great honour to be in Cuba after flying thousands of kilometres, to honour a great leader that not only inspired the Cuban people and all the people of Latin America, but also was the flame of the revolution all over the world."

Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, prompting emotional responses from both supporters and detractors worldwide. His ashes will be interred in the Santiago de Cuba at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery on December 4.

Castro was a key member of the Cuban Revolution. He and his allies ousted the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, before going on to found a Cuban socialist state.

Castro served as prime minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, in which time he survived geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts. In 2008 he handed the reins of power to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from the front-line of Cuban politics.

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived in Havana on Tuesday to pay tribute to the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Tsipras appears to be the only European Union leader who plans to attend Castro's funeral.

Upon arrival, Tsipras said: "it is a great honour to be in Cuba after flying thousands of kilometres, to honour a great leader that not only inspired the Cuban people and all the people of Latin America, but also was the flame of the revolution all over the world."

Castro passed away at the age of 90 in Havana on Friday, prompting emotional responses from both supporters and detractors worldwide. His ashes will be interred in the Santiago de Cuba at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery on December 4.

Castro was a key member of the Cuban Revolution. He and his allies ousted the authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista in 1959, before going on to found a Cuban socialist state.

Castro served as prime minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as president from 1976 to 2008, in which time he survived geopolitical tensions and scores of US assassination attempts. In 2008 he handed the reins of power to his younger brother Raul and slowly withdrew from the front-line of Cuban politics.

Mandatory Credit: Cubavision

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