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Mexican President Flies to Cuba to Bid Farewell to Fidel Castro

© AP Photo / Andres KudackiMexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto headed for Cuba on Tuesday to take part in the memorial service for deceased long-standing revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

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MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — "The president will deliver a message of solidarity of Mexicans with the Cuban people and will express condolences to the family of the Cuban revolutionary leader," the ministry said in a statement.

Nieto will be accompanied by Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu. According to the ministry, Nieto's presence at the memorial service would reflect the respect of the Mexicans to the Cuban people, as well as reflect very good relations between the two countries.

"It is also a recognition of Comandante Fidel Castro… who has always been a friend of Mexico and promoted the bilateral relations, based on respect, dialogue and solidarity," the Mexican Foreign Ministry said.

The Cuban revolutionary leader died on Friday, at the age of 90 years old, as announced by his brother, incumbent Cuban President Raul Castro, on state television on Saturday. The funeral of Castro has been set for December 4 and is expected to be held at the cemetery of Santa Ifigenia in the country's second largest city of Santiago de Cuba.

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