Lula, Rousseff to be at Castro's funeral

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 02, 2016 08:40 hrs

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 2 (IANS) Former Brazilian Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff will attend the funeral ceremony of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the Lula Institute announced.

They will travel to Havana this weekend, Xinhua news reported on Friday.

Castro passed away on November 25, at the age of 90. The revolutionary leader lead Cuba for almost five decades.

Castro was cremated, and his ashes travelled through Cuba this week and would be buried on Saturday.

Both Lula and Rousseff have met with Castro. During the Lula administration, Brazil and Cuba improved their ties, a policy continued by Rousseff, Lula's successor in office.

Both the Brazilian leaders published heartfelt statements regretting Castro's death hours after the Cuban government confirmed his passing.

They hailed Castro's leadership and legacy. Lula compared losing Castro to the loss of an elder brother.



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