BRASILIA – The Brazilian government said Saturday in an official note that it learned with “regret” about the death at age 90 of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, adding that “it is impossible” to understand the history of the continent without considering all the ex-president of the Caribbean nation has done.
“As the ruler of his country for five decades, he deeply marked Cuban politics and the international scene. He goes down in history as one of the most iconic political leaders of the 20th century,” said the note issued by the Foreign Ministry and signed by Foreign Minister Jose Serra.
For Brazil, “it is impossible to understand the history of our continent without including Fidel, his ideas and his actions at the head of the Cuban Revolution and the government of his country.”
“His career is a panorama of all the painful conflicts and contradictions of a confused moment in history, when the ideals of development and social justice were not always reconciled in our region with human rights and democracy,” the note said.
The South American country also expressed its “solidarity” with the Cuban people and offered its “deeply felt condolences” to the island’s government and to the Castro family.
Fidel Castro died at age 90 this Friday night at 10:29 p.m., his brother, President Raul Castro, announced Saturday on state television.