World leaders react to the death of Fidel Castro

Leaders from around the world have expressed sorrow at the death of revolutionary Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half-century rule, has died at the age of 90.

From US president Barack Obama to Bolivian leader Evo Morales, world leaders expressed their condolences:

US president Barack Obama

President-elect Donald Trump

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins

Salvador Sanchez Ceren, president of El Salvador

"With deep sorrow we received news of the death of my dear friend and eternal companion, Commander Fidel Castro Ruz."

Russian president Vladimir Putin (in a telegram to Raul Castro)

(Alexei Druzhinin/AP)
(Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

"Free and independent Cuba, which he (Fidel Castro) and his allies built, became an influential member of the international community and became an inspiring example for many countries and nations. Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia."

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto

"I lament the death of Fidel Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban revolution and emblematic reference of the 20th century.

"Fidel Castro was a friend of Mexico, promoting bilateral relations based on respect, dialogue and solidarity."

Indian prime minister Nerendra Modi

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee

Chinese President Xi Jinping (in a telegram to Raul Castro, according to state broadcaster CCTV)

Xi Jinping.
(Luis Hidalgo/AP)

Castro "made immortal historical contributions to the development of socialism around the world.

"With his death, the Chinese people have lost a close comrade and a sincere friend. His glorious image and great achievements will be recorded in history forever."

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro

"Sixty years after the Granma sailed from Mexico, Fidel sails towards the immortality of all those who fight their whole lives. Onwards to victory, always!"

Bolivian president Evo Morales

"On behalf of the Bolivian people, I express condolences and solidarity to family, the Cuban government and people for the loss of a giant of history.

"Our admiration and respect to Fidel, the leader who taught us to fight for the sovereignty of the State and the dignity of the peoples of the world."

Juan Orlando Hernandez, president of Honduras

"Our condolences to President Raul Castro, the Cuban government and people on the death of commander Fidel Castro."

Hage Geingob, president of Namibia

Mariano Rajoy, prime minister of Spain

"My condolences to the Cuban government and authorities on the passing of former president Fidel Castro, a figure of historical significance."

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