Pretoria, December 13 (RHC)-- President Raul Castro has paid tribute to South African leader Nelson Mandela before his coffin, laying in state at the Union Buildings, seat of the South African government in Pretoria.
During a previous ceremony in Soweto on Tuesday, the Cuban president said that Mandela was an example of integrity and perseverance in the struggle to reduce poverty in the world.
Raul Castro called for global coordination of efforts for peace, as Mandela always requested, the Cuban news agency reported.
The Cuban head of state met on Thursday with South African President Jacob Zuma and laid a wreath at the Freedom Park memorial in Salvokop, which pays tribute to the soldiers killed in action during the liberation of South Africa.
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