UN chief mourns former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s death

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 26 (APP): UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon
Saturday extended condolences to the Cuban people and to the family
of former President Fidel Castro Ruz, who passed away overnight at the age of 90.
“At this time of national mourning, I offer the support of the
United Nations to work alongside the people of the island,” Ban
told reporters in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where he is attending the
Global Sustainable Transport Conference. He offered his particular condolences to Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz.
Fidel Castro served as Cuba’s President from 1976 to 2008.
Recalling vividly his meeting with former President Fidel Castro during a visit to Cuba in January 2014, the secretary general said the two had held a lively discussion that covered developments around the world, sustainable development and climate change.
“Under former President Castro, Cuba made advances in the fields
of education literacy and health. I hope that Cuba will continue to advance on a path of reform and greater prosperity,” he added.