Rajnath Singh to lead team for Fidel Castro’s funeral
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New Delhi: Home minister Rajnath Singh will lead the Indian delegation that will attend the funeral of former Cuban president Fidel Castro, the government said on Monday.
The composition of the delegation is still being worked out by the Prime Minister’s Office in consultation with the ministries of external affairs and home affairs. It is likely to include leaders from various political parties like Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India and the Samajwadi Party.
Castro died on 25 November at the age of 90. He took power in a 1959 revolution and ruled Cuba for 49 years, creating a one-party state and becoming a central figure in the Cold War. He ceded power to his brother Raul in 2006 after an intestinal illness.
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In India, Castro is remembered for his 1983 visit as the chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement. He shared warm ties with leaders of the Congress and communist parties.
Manmohan Singh, when he was prime minister, called on Castro during a visit to Cuba in 2006 and vice-president Hamid Ansari met the Cuban leader while on a visit in 2013.
The delegation is expected to leave for Havana on Tuesday and return on Thursday.