BRUSSELS – President of the European Commission said on Saturday that the world has lost a hero for many people after the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Jean-Claude Juncker conveyed his condolences to the Cuban President Raul Castro, his family and the people of Cuba.
“With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many,” Juncker said in a statement.
EC president noted that Fidel was one of “the historic figures” of the past century, who embodied the Cuban revolution.
Juncker added that Fidel’s legacy “will be judged by history.”
For her part, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini sent her “most heartfelt condolences” to Fidel’s brother Raul, their family and friends.
“Fidel Castro was a man of determination and an historical figure,” Mogherini said in a statement.
The high representative indicated that Castro died in times of “great challenges and uncertainties.”
She recalled that the European Union opened a new chapter in relations with the Cuban people after agreeing on the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement last March.
Mogherini added that the EU will “keep bringing forward” its strong engagement with Havana.
Castro died late on Friday at the age of 90. The news was announced in an address on state television by the leader’s brother and current president Raul Castro.