Johannesburg, December 10 (RHC)-- Cuban President Raul Castro has said in Soweto that Nelson Mandela is an example of perseverance and integrity in the struggle to reduce poverty in the world.
The Cuban president was among the speakers at the memorial service and ceremony to pay homage to Mandela, organized by the government of South Africa and the family of the former head of state.
“I have received the great honor of speaking here. Cuba fought against the apartheid regime during Angola's war,” Raul said. The Cuban President then pointed to the commitment of Mandela to the struggles of Cuba. He recalled that during a visit to the island in 1991, Madiba emphasized that the Cuban people had a special place in the hearts of the people of Africa.
Raul went on: “Nelson Mandela fought a strong-willed fight to eradicate the imprint of colonialism, slavery and racial segregation; he is the example of integration. Mandela is an example of the highest value for Latin America and the Caribbean, regions that are currently advancing towards integration to the benefit of the people. Raul said that at this moment, humanity is not able to face the huge challenges posed on its existence without dialog and full coordination of all forces.
Raul recalled that Mandela always expressed a deep friendship for Revolution leader Fidel Castro, with whom he met in several occasions to share progressive political and social views. He said, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as that man who, used wisdom and generosity to lead his self-sacrificing and heroic people in very difficult moments of their history. Eternal honor and glory to Nelson Mandela and to the heroic people of South Africa, said the Cuban president as he closed his speech on Tuesday at the Madiba Memorial, in the Stadium of Soweto, in the presence of 75,000 people.
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