Santiago de Cuba, 11 April 2018: The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, paid a four day official visit to Cuba. On arrival, the Deputy Chairperson visited Fidel Castro's mausoleum in Santiago de Cuba city, for a wreath laying and remembrance ceremony, to pay respects to the legendary revolutionary leader. He also signed the condolences book.
Amb. Kwesi hailed Castro’s support to Africa during the liberation movements in the continent reiterating the deep-seated historical ties between the African Union and Cuba. In the formative years of Africa’s liberation, Castro met Africa’s celebrated leaders such as Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Sam Nujoma of Namibia. “Castro’s legacy will be cherished in our hearts for generations to come following the solidarity and generosity he extended to Africa during the anti-colonial struggles and post-colonial era,” he stated. Cuba reliably supported the liberation struggles in countries such as Angola, South Africa and Ethiopia and has continued to offer Cuban troops to serve in several African states.
The AU Deputy Chairperson visited also the Mausuleum of José Martí, the National Hero of Cuba.